Public Lecture: The Importance of Tradition for the German Armed Forces
Lecture Theatre 3
The Commanding Officer of the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces, Captain (Navy) Dr. Jörg Hillmann, will give an overview regarding the topic of Tradition, positive memories and negative examples in German Military History. Further, he will elaborate on the importance of Tradition for the contemporary German Armed Forces.
The knowledge of Military History is of the utmost importance for armed forces in general, but it has particular significance for German soldiers. It helps them to understand continuity and discontinuity in the past and helps to understand “broken” careers after the First and Second World War and after the unification of West and East Germany in 1990.
Military History is not Tradition, but Military History provides positive developments or events as well as personalities, who can become parts of the collective positive memory of Armed Forces. The 20 July 1944 affair, when Colonel Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler, is one of those events - Stauffenberg was a remarkable personality who merits study.