From Casablanca to Karlshorst

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Casablanca and Karlshorst: These two places are linked by the Allied demand for unconditional surrender of Germany in the Second World War.

The Second World War in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. Two years earlier, at the conference in Casablanca in January 1943, the Allies set the common goal of war for the first time: the unconditional surrender of the German Reich and its allies Italy and Japan. The final achievement of this war goal took place on May 8, 1945 in Berlin-Karlshorst.

The exhibition from April 29 to November 8, 2020 at the historic site of the signing of the surrender is dedicated to the last years of the World War in a transnational perspective. This war phase, particularly in the years 1944 and 1945, was characterized by an escalation of the Nazi terror.

The international authors of the volume treat the German crimes of the last phase of the war on the one hand and the anti-Hitler coalition on the other. Topics of the essays include the retreat crimes of the Wehrmacht, targeted cover-ups of German crimes ("Action 1005"), the evacuation of the concentration camps and the "death marches" of the concentration camp prisoners at the end of the Second World War. The war conferences of the anti-Hitler coalition, the liberation of the concentration camps and the allied securing of evidence for the Nazi crimes are further topics of the accompanying volume, which appears in Europe on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.

With essays by international contributors such as Richard Overy, Dieter Pohl, Oleg Budnitskii and Dan Stone.

 

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