The Lillehammer Dialogue City conference will take place from June 19th – 23, 2018. It is arranged by The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue and the Inland Norway University for Applied Sciences.
This conference will gather both Norwegian and international peace workers. Among the subjects covered in the talks are how dialogue can assist in creating lasting peace, and at the same time prevent future conflicts and war.
This year marks the Centenary of the end of World War I, and Lillehammer Dialogue City will explore how many of today’s conflicts can be resolved through taking yesterdays lessons to heart.
As part of this work, we would like to get in touch with descendants of the Norwegian sailors who died during World War 1.
“Did you descend from one of the 2000 Norwegian sailors who died during WWI, or from one of the sailors who survived? If so we would like you to get in touch” says Alfredo Zamudio, director of The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue at Lillehammer.
«We know a lot about the causes of WWI, but very little about the Norwegian casualties. We can learn a lot from exploring how this war could have been avoided. We are gathering peace workers in an effort to understand the past, and to prevent future wars” says Zamudio.
In addition to the peace and dialogue talks and events we are also arranging a memorial for the Norwegian victims. One of these victims was August Dahlberg. He died on January 7, 1918, as his ship, the D/S Egda, was sunk by a German torpedo outside of Cardiff.
«We sincerely hope that many of the descendants of the Norwegian sailors who died during the war, or descendants of survivors, will get in touch with us. Please contact us if you are related to any of the sailors, or if you have stories or pictures you would like to share with us. All of the stories and pictures we are able to collect will be preserved for posterity, and transferred to The Sailors’ Memorial Hall in Stavern”, says Alfredo Zamudio, director of The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue at Lillehammer.
Get in touch with The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about the conference on www.lillehammerdialoguecity.org