Destroyed railway station in Kaunas, Lithuania, probably August 1944 © Museum Berlin-Karlshorst | Iwan Schagin

International Event series

History in conflict. 1944 – A year between fronts

The view of the year 1944 varies greatly in Eastern Europe depending on the country or region. Perspectives depend on historical experiences and events. 1944 marks the liberation from German occupation – the Red Army is on the move towards Germany and liberates the Baltic states, Belarus and Ukraine, for example. This is followed by the period under Soviet control. Some nations lose their independence again.

The series History in Conflict. 1944 – A Year between Fronts aims to focus on the controversial memory of liberation, ongoing occupation and the associated political and social changes.

From January to July 2024, we would like to look at different locations in  the year 1944 – in six events international guests will address the historical contexts as well as the changes and conflicts in memory.

The event language is German. 


The event language is German.

Free admission

To take part, please register at kontakt(at)

On the event evenings, the museum exhibitions are open until the event begins at 7 pm.


Dismantling of the monument to the Soviet soldiers of the Red Army in Vilnius, 8 December 2022
© dpa picture alliance

The series last year 2023

History in Conflict. Memories of the Second World War in Eastern Europe

History as a political instrument played a role even before the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine. Controversies about the interpretation of history are part of modern societies. In Eastern Europe, they have been fought out particularly fiercely in the decades following the collapse of the Soviet Union. For too long, the guidelines of the Moscow centre had claimed dominance. All the states that have asserted their independence since the end of the 1980s or have broken away from Russian dominance now distance themselves from the Soviet narratives in different forms and with varying degrees of severity. It is not uncommon for historical politics and cultures of memory to be the stage for the resolution of social conflicts.

In the series “History in Conflict“, the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst explores some facets of these debates and controversies.

The event language is German. Simultaneous translation will be provided for two events.



Free entry

To take part, please register at kontakt(at)

On the event evenings, the museum’s exhibitions are open until the event begins at 7 pm.