In Focus: War Children in Europe

Eden Hazan, student from Israel | Photo: private
Eden Hazan, student from Israel | Photo: private

 

Eden Hazan from Tel Aviv, Israel, researched on the fate of Jewish children during the Holocaust. In her competition entry of 2015, Eden focuses on children’s experiences in times of persecution and war which are sometimes quite different to adult’s narratives. However, regardless of their different way of experiencing the atrocities of the Holocaust, Jewish children were deprived of their childhood: In order to survive they had to hide, or had to deny their Jewish origin living with foster parents or even in orphanages. As a result, Jewish children suffered severe identity crises and had to cope with psychological problems.

For her study, Eden was awarded the third prize in the Israeli EUSTORY Competition of 2014/2015. She also won a scholarship from the “Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust” as well as a prize from “Yad Vashem”, known as the main Holocaust study institute in Israel.

Read an English summary of Eden’s work

Find more research papers here.


War Children in Europe

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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Key topics of the 2015 EUSTORY History Competitions were dictatorship and oppression | 27 August 2015

Dictatorship and oppression | Photo: Körber-Stiftung / David Ausserhofer
Dictatorship and oppression | Photo: Körber-Stiftung / David Ausserhofer

Participants of national EUSTORY History Competitions are asked to look at a given broad topic from a personal, specific angle. In the most recent competitions, a noticeable number of youths turned their attention to questions of dictatorship and oppression. Their contributions demonstrate how important it is for them to remember the different experiences of dictatorship in order to ensure a democratic coexistence.

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European perspectives on "War Children in Europe" | 21 August 2015

Group photo | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Group photo | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

From 6 – 12 August 2015, twenty young Europeans met at the History Camp in Berlin to exchange and deepen their national research about the fate of War Children in Europe. The meeting concluded the six-months online project dealing with the topic of "War Children in Europe." The project was initiated and financed by the Körber Foundation and organised with the Agency for Historical, Civic and Media Education as operating partner.

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Welsh Award Ceremony | 10 July 2015

Invited audience in the National Museum of Wales | Photo: Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative
Invited audience in the National Museum of Wales | Photo: Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative

This year’s award ceremony of the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative’s history competition also marks its 25 years anniversary. Two groups impressed the jury with their detailed inquiries into the history of World War I in their region.

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French Award Ceremony | 26 June 2015

French Award Ceremony | Photo: Alex Flores
French Award Ceremony | Photo: Alex Flores

"Europe on the Battlefields – the Legacy of World War I for us Today" was the topic of the 2014/2015 EUSTORY competition in France. The students worked on the impact of the First World War on their region and the stories of the local people. They presented their results in different formats, ranging from a virtual guide of Québec and a museum exhibition to a radio show and an e-book.

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Israeli Award Ceremony | 25 June 2015

Israeli Award Ceremony | Photo: Zalman Shazar Center
Israeli Award Ceremony | Photo: Zalman Shazar Center

The award ceremony of the Israeli History Competition for 2014 – 2015 took place in a different, even intimate surrounding: the three prize winners along with their parents, teachers and representatives of the Ministry of Education as well as the chairperson of the jury, all had gathered for a fascinating evening at a nice restaurant in Jerusalem.

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Fifty young Europeans to discuss regional history and identity at Second Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue in Olsztyn | 24 June 2015

Old town of Olsztyn | Photo: Borussia Foundation
Old town of Olsztyn | Photo: Borussia Foundation

From 2 to 9 September 2015, the Polish city of Olsztyn will welcome fifty young Europeans from 21 countries for the Second Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue. “Homeland reconsidered – new loyalties and redefined identities in Europe” is the topic of the youth dialogue, in which the Körber Foundation and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) continue the cooperation they successfully started with the First Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue in Estonia and Russia in 2014.

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The Conflict of Remembrance – Dealing with the Second World War and Stalinism in Russia | 23 June 2015

Irina Shervakova, Gabriele Woidelko | Photos: Körber-Stiftung/ David Ausserhofer
Irina Shervakova, Gabriele Woidelko | Photos: Körber-Stiftung/ David Ausserhofer

The 70th anniversary of the end of WW II and the surrounding commemoration ceremonies have sparked an increased public interest in the question regarding the handling of the legacy of dictatorships in Europe.

Remembering the Second World War and Stalinism has a special meaning for the dialogue with Russia. Gabriele Woidelko, Spokesperson of the EUSTORY Steering Committee talked to Irina Shervakova, organiser of the EUSTORY history competition in Russia which is run by the civil rights organisation MEMORIAL, about the interdependency of history and politics and about the perception of history of young people in Russia today.

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Slovakian Award Ceremony | 19 June 2015

Slovakian Award Ceremony 2015 | Photo: EUSTORY Slovakia
Slovakian Award Ceremony 2015 | Photo: EUSTORY Slovakia

On 19 June the award ceremony of the Slovak History Competition took place in the Polish Institute in Bratislava. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the EUSTORY Competition in Slovakia. The topic “Slovak Development cooperation in the 20th and 21st century – from INTEHELPO to SLOVAKAID” was inspired by the European Year for Development, as announced by the European Commission, and the 90th anniversary of Slovak Development Aid.

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