Hartwig Fischer

Director of the British Museum
“ I think this is a big task for all of us and a lot remains to be done. A lot of work has been done, but we are far from having advanced sufficiently in coming to terms with that history. You cannot come to terms with that history...you have to acknowledge it. You cannot acknowledge it alone, that can only be done together with all parts of the world...especially with those who suffered most.”
-Hartwig Fischer reflecting on Europe’s colonial history
Time Question
0:02 Do you identify as European?
0:08 What was your formative European moment?
5:13 Do you have the history of nationalism in your family?
6:38 What was the worst moment in recent European history?
8:08 Do you think Europeans are sufficiently aware of and acknowledge their colonial history?
8:52 What do you think of having a European museum of imperial history?
9:53 What was the best moment in recent European history?
11:45 What is the single most important thing the EU has done for you personally?
13:29 What would you most like the EU to have achieved by 2030?
15:19 Do you think that part of being European in the 21st century is willingness to cooperate to avoid the disasters of the past?
15:40 How could this ultimate goal be achieved?
16:48 Could this process be enlightenment?
20:14 How can we strike the delicate balance between unity and diversity?
21:46 Do you think museums contribute to a deeper understanding between Europeans and Europeans and the rest of the world?