The dismantling of the Berlin Wall remains one of the most potent political images of the 20th Century. Yet we may be too easily forgetting the history of Cold War division, and what it can teach us about European identity, the dangers of being divided, and the long struggle it took to unite the continent.


  • Anna Kaminsky, Director of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship
  • Thomas Serrier, Professor of Contemporary German history, University of Lille and fellow 2018-2019 at Nantes Institute for Advanced Study; Coordinator of Europa. Notre histoire

Chaired by Anna Reading, Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Professor of Culture and Creative Industries, King’s College London
With live drawing by Chris Riddell, Illustrator and political Cartoonist for The Observer