World War II remains one of the most painful and conflicting episodes in the memories of nations across the world. Its memory touches everyone, for it was many wars in one, with different front lines, different enemies and different aftermaths that can still be felt today. In line with such awareness, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and its history programme Confronting Memories held the third discussion in its series on World War II on 6 May 2021 as part of ongoing socio-political debates on postwar memory-making. This series of discussion aims to broaden the understanding of WWII history beyond the mainstream narratives and to draw lessons from human sufferings and injustice that are often overlooked.

“’Blindspots’ in WWII History” looked at three geographical areas – North Africa, the Middle East and South America – for topics of historical memory that have not been dealt with adequately in academic and public discourse. Prof. Joseph Bahout from American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Prof. Aomar Boum from the University of California, USA/Morocco and Prof. Ernesto Bohoslavsky from the National University of General Sarmiento, Argentina shed light on these ‘blindspots’ in WWII history in their respective regions. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Alexis Dudden from the University of Connecticut, USA.

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