100 Year Anniversary of the First World War

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

June 28 was the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. This was the trigger for the First World War.

Deutschlands-StolzFor Berlin, this important date is an opportunity to confront the past. Throughout city, there are numerous cultural offerings on the First World War.

The Berlin Cathedral is organised a commemorative concert for the First World War on the 28th June 2014, at 8pm. Soloists, Berlin choirs and the New Prussian Philharmonic and the Filharmonia Szczecin interpret "War Requiem" by Benjamin Britten.

The exhibition "1914-1918 Der Erste Weltkrieg" ("1914-1918 The First World War") is on at the German Historical Museum until 30th November 2014. The only large German exhibition on the events of the war is focusing on the global scale of the First World War and has approximately 500 exhibits. The exhibition is accompanied by various additional events with panel discussions and presentations. The armoury cinema is also showing documentaries and feature films on the First World War.

The exhibition "Mahnung und Verlockung - Die Kriegsbildwelten von Käthe Kollwitz und Kata Legrady" ("Warning and Allure - the war imagery of Käthe Kollwitz and Kata Legrady") is on at the Käthe-Kollwitz Museum Berlin from 30th June to 9th November 2014. Käthe Kollwitz was personally affected by the First World War as her son Peter was killed in 1914. The artist's work focuses on the grievances of the war again and again.

The play "Gefährten" ("War Horse") tells the story of am English boy and his horse in the middle of the First World War. The Theater des Westens is conducting a commemorative performance on 28th June 2014, at 7.30pm. The play runs until the 28th September 2014.

Many other Berlin establishments are also commemorating the First World War this year. An overview of all events can be found at



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