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Reverberations of War

Communities of Experience and Identification in Germany and Europe since 1945 


Upcoming events in 2014:


Film Series Portraying Perpetrators


Admission Free, all welcome!


12th November 2014    7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre
Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Introduced by Peter Kramer (University of East Anglia)
"Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) has long been recognised as one of the key artistic expressions of the nuclear age. Made at a time when nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was a real possibility, the film is menacing, exhilarating, thrilling, insightful and very funny." Peter Kramer, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (London: BFI Film Classics 2014).
10th December 2014    7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre
Aftermath (2012)
Introduced by Julian Petley (Brunel)
This contemporary drama was inspired by the 1941 progrom in the Jewish community of Jedwabne and the book "Neighbors" by Jan T. Gross. It tells the story of two brothers intent on finding out what happened in their village during the war and how their own family became entangled in the murder of their Jewish neighbours. In Poland, the film was very controversial and reignited the controversy about the role Poles played in the Holocaust.

23rd February 2015    7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre

Cargo 200 (2007) introduced by Julian Graffy

Cargo 200 is a Russian thriller thriller shot in 2007. It is set during the period of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.  Cargo 200 was the code word referring to casualties for transportation in the Russian military. A young woman is abducted and an innocent man is accused of having murdered her.

Please note: This film contains graphic scenes of sexual violence.


11th March 2015     7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre

Germany Pale Mother (1980) introduced by Mererid Puw Davies (UCL)

Germany Pale Mother is a West German drama from 1980. Narrator Anna tells the story of her parents before, during and after the Second World War. The film was inspired by director Helma Sanders-Brahms’ own family history.


13th May 2015   7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre

Il Divo (2008) introduced by Cristina Massaccesi (UCL)

This portrait of Italy's controversial elder statesman Giulio Andreotti won the jury price at the Cannes film festival. Andreotti served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since 1946 and was accused of being involved with the Mafia and responsible for a series of political killings that marked Italy's political life from the late 1960s onwards.


10th June 2015    7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre

Inglorious Basterds (2009) introduced by Roland Lack (UCL)

This film was directed by Quentin Tarantino and came out in 2009. It is set in German-occupied France and tells the fictional story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership.

For further information please contact Dr Julia Wagner j.wagner [at]