A Culture of Genocide

Forum on European Culture 2023

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Arnon Grunberg meets Auschwitz Museum-director Piotr Cywinski.

European history is steeped in violence, war and genocide. How have these events shaped the Europe of today? And how should reflection on that brutal past play a role in shaping the future of Europe? During this programme Piotr Cywinski, historian and director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and writer Arnon Grunberg will take a close look at Europe’s darkest hour.

To start off they will listen to fragments from Sonderbehandlung, written by Jewish Slovak Holocaust survivor Flip Müller, who was part of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz and later survived a death march into Germany.

Actor Anne van Veen will read fragments from Filip Müller’s book Sonderbehandlung.

Forum on European Culture 2023

From 31 May until June 4, the 4th edition of the Forum on European Culture takes place. Artists, activists and intellectuals from all over the world come together to explore the meaning and future of democracy in Europe. For the full programme, see


Piotr CywinskiHistorian and director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
Anne van VeenActor