Following the French, German and Dutch editions of the EYES project, Belgium steps in as the host for the fourth History through Their Eyes conference and exhibition. Almost a hundred young Belgian students are invited to attend the exhibition at the Bastogne War Museum and to learn more about different European perspectives on the Second World War 74 years after the Battle of the Bulge.
The attendees will take part in the five diverse workshops designed to advance the participants’ understanding of the World War II complex phenomenon, the role of the European Union in promoting peace and preventing conflicts between the different European countries, as well as the necessity of upkeeping and building more museums that commemorate the wartime developments.
The workshops will be followed by the interactive interview with the Second World War eyewitness – Andrée Collin, whose mother died during the Nazi counteroffensive in La Roche just a few days after the long-awaited peaceful Christmas. After Andrée, prominent Belgian politician and advocate-general at the Court of Justice Melchior Wathelet will take the floor.
History through Their Eyes exhibition at Bastogne War Museum will be officially inaugurated during the EYES conference. It will be shown until the early January and consists of the stories of ten young men and women from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, who personally witnessed the Second World War. Some were members of the resistance, others operated tanks, and some were nurses taking care of the wounded while others were wounded themselves. Some of them are still alive today while others died during the war. All of them faced difficult choices and saw their lives change dramatically.
The Liberation Route Europe Foundation created a virtual exhibition where even more biographies are available in English, French, Dutch, German and Italian.
Address: Bastogne War Museum, Colline du Mardasson, 5 – 6600 Bastogne, Belgium.
Date and time: 14 December 2018, 9AM – 3.30 PM