Workshop 2 in Düsseldorf – Getting into drafting our contributions

The morning of the 15th of November 2019 was filled with nervousness. For the first time, we presented written articles on our thesis subjects that will be a part of the book  » Conflict and Cooperation: Crossborder infrastructure governance in Europe facing the Second World War ». Both Valentine and I had prepared texts summarising what we have found out about the European Postal and Telecommunications Unions of 1942 so far. The workshop took place in the « Haus der Universität » of the Heinrich-Heine-University.

All in all, five presentations were held that day: firstly, Sabrina Proschmann on the European postal cooperation during World War II, then Valentine Aldebert on telecommunications during World War II, Guido Thiemeyer on the inland navigation on the Rhine, Claire Aslangul-Rallo on the journal « Signal » and Martial Libera on the Chambers of Trade – all of course during World War II.

An important point of discussion was in the end the question of important red lines throughout all the stories. One might be the continuity of certain persons who either work in both areas as the envoy Martius of the German Foreign Ministry who plays a part both in PTT and in inland navigation on the Rhine. Another might be idea of Europe presented both in « Signal » and the European Postal and Telecommunications Union. How was this narrative used both by the Axis powers and the occupied countries, which aims guided the concept? As we are looking for further contributions on censorship, the danube navigation, roads and electricity we are hoping to find additional connections.

(Sabrina Proschmann)


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