Remembrance Day Lecture 2015 by Philipp Blom





Ever since the celebration in 2008 of the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Flemish Peace Institute, the Peace Fund of the City of Ypres, and the In Flanders Fields Museum have combined resources to extend an invitation to a high-profile personality to address the thematic of the Great War in Flanders from his or her perspective of personal engagement and knowledge.

In past years we heard, amongst others, Robert Fisk, Erwin Mortier, Lakhdar Brahimi and Margaret MacMillan discuss their views on commemoration, war and peace on the eve of Armistice Day. This year, Mr Philipp Blom has accepted our invitation to discourse in Ypres on the end of the Great War.


Philipp Blom is a German historian, journalist and writer. He is the author of, amongst others, 'The Vertigo Years' on the build-up to the First World War in the 1900-1914 period and of 'Fracture' on the interbellum. Mister Blom will focus his Remembrance Day Lecture on the contemporary challenges of the European continent, and on the impact of technological innovations on war and peace.

The musical component of the Remembrance Day Lecture will be provided by Het Collectief, a renowned chamber music quintet. (


The Lecture will be held on 10 November 2015, 8.45 p.m., at Het Perron (Fochlaan 1) in Ypres. Participation is free – advance reservation required

The Lecture starts at 8.45p.m. to give people the opportunity to attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at 8.00 p.m.


For reservations and information:

Research Centre, Sint-Maartensplein 3, 8900 Ypres

Tel. 057 239 450,