In Focus: War Children in Europe

Kathrine Labaek, second year student from Denmark | Photo: private
Kathrine Labaek, second year student from Denmark | Photo: private

 

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in May 2015, we would like to put the focus on those who were confronted in their childhood and youth with war, occupation, genocide, flight and expulsion, or were born during this period.

In 2006, then a pupil at a Danish high school, Kathrine Labaek interviewed both of her grandfathers who experienced World War II in Denmark: One as a child in a Danish port city, the other as a teenager fighting in the Danish resistance movement against the German occupiers.

Read a short excerpt of Kathrine's work.


Children of War

Copyright: Amerika Haus/ Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo
Copyright: Amerika Haus/ Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo

 

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in May 2015, we will focus on those who were confronted in their childhood and youth with war, occupation, genocide, flight and expulsion, or were born during this period. We will highlight EUSTORY events and resources.


History Campus

Slovak History Competition 2014/2015

Slovak poster for competition round 2014/2015

"Slovak Development Aid in the 20th and 21st Centuries" is the topic of the current Slovak competition. For information about the Slovak history competition go here.


Welsh History Competition 2015

Welsh poster for competition round 2015

"My Heritage" is the topic of the Welsh competition in 2015. Download the competition brochure here. For information about the Welsh history competition go here.


Belgian History Competition 2014/2015

"Everyday Life during World War I" is the topic of the current Belgian competition round. For detailed information about the competition click here.



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European Online Project “Children of War in Europe” has started | 14 April 2015

Copyright: Agency for Historical, Civic and Media Education, Berlin
Copyright: Agency for Historical, Civic and Media Education, Berlin

“The stories and perspectives of the children of the war hardly feature in our collective memory. I want to understand how their experiences shaped the next generation and affected my own generation accordingly." This is how Bettina, a EUSTORY alumna from Germany, explains her interest in the topic of war children. Rafael, a former prizewinner from Spain, adds: “I want to discover the facts that didn't make it into the history textbooks.”

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High Participation for German History Competition | 25 March 2015

German History Competition | Copyright: Ullstein-Bild/Gerd Danigel
German History Competition | Copyright: Ullstein-Bild/Gerd Danigel

The application period of the current German History Competition ended on 28 February. A total of 1,563 entries were handed in by participants who researched this year’s topic "Being different. Outsiders in History". "The excellent turnout shows that we struck a chord with young participants", says Sven Tetzlaff, responsible for the German History Competition.

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16th Round of Russian EUSTORY Competition Receives More than 1,740 Entries | 10 March 2015

Assessing Russian competition entries | Photo: Lyubov Grishina
Assessing Russian competition entries | Photo: Lyubov Grishina

For the sixteenth year, the Russian NGO "MEMORIAL International" encouraged young people from all over Russia to write research papers on their family or local history. The topic was "Man in History – Russia in the 20th Century”. Categories included "Local history", "History of church and religion", "War history" and "We and the Other". A jury is currently assessing all 1,743 entries. The award ceremony will be held in Moscow on 29 April 2015.

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EUSTORY Annual Network Meeting in Denmark in Cooperation with EUROCLIO | 06 March 2015

EUSTORY ANM 2015
EUSTORY Annual Network Meeting 2015 | Copyright: David Ausserhofer

From 19-22 April 2015, organisers of EUSTORY history competitions from 25 European countries will gather in Helsingør in Denmark for the EUSTORY Annual Network Meeting. The meeting will be held in partnership with EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Teachers. It will be linked to the EUROCLIO Annual Conference that explores possible “Roads to Democracy” and the role that history, history teaching, democratisation and citizenship play in paving the way towards open, democratic societies in Europe.

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Opening of the Balticeye Exhibition in Brussels | 10 February 2015

Lena Andersson Pench | Photo: Koerber Foundation
Lena Andersson Pench | Photo: Koerber Foundation

Approximately seventy guests attended the opening of the #balticeye exhibition on 29 January, 2015 at the building of the European Commission / Directorates-General for Regional Policy. Four EUSTORY alumni who contributed to the exhibition were also present.

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Balticeye Exhibition at the European Commission in Brussels | 29 January 2015

Balticeye Exhibition

On 29 January, the photo exhibition #balticeye will be opened in Brussels. Four EUSTORY alumni who contributed to this visual result of the first "Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue" will attend the vernissage at the building of the European Commission / Directorates-General for Regional Policy.

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Brochure “Remembering for a European Future” - Available Online Now | 08 December 2014

Brochure “Remembering for a European Future”
Brochure “Remembering for a European Future”

The brochure “Remembering for a European Future” can be downloaded now. The booklet shows summaries of historical research works by winners of national EUSTORY History Competitions in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway, the Russian Federation, Slovakia and Spain.

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Children of the Revolution – Young Europeans on the Importance of 1989 | 26 November 2014

1989 - Historical Turning Point | Photo: David Ausserhofer
1989 - Historical Turning Point | Photo: David Ausserhofer

1989 marked a change of epoch in Europe. Like in a relay, the movements for freedom and independence in Central and Eastern Europe handed over the baton, with Poland starting in spring and Romania feeling the change in December. Twenty-five years after the reunification, five young Europeans from the EUSTORY network explain what that year of change and the following time of political upheaval meant to them personally – besides the fact they all have in common: 1989 is their year of birth.

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