In Focus: War Children in Europe

Thomas Dirven, student from Belgium | Photo: Tina Gotthardt
Thomas Dirven, student from Belgium | Photo: Tina Gotthardt

 

This work by Thomas Dirven, a student from Belgium, describes the demolition caused not only by the German army but also by the Allied troops. Thomas interviewed four members of his family who, as children, survived the bombing of Mortsel (a town near Antwerp) by the Allies. On April 5, 1943 a residential area was hit accidently by the bombs of the Allies and 936 civilians including 209 children were killed. It was the biggest collateral damage during World War II. To create an extensive survey, Thomas also compared press articles from the German and “Allied” news concerning this attack.

Read an English summary of Thomas' work.

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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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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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Swiss Award Ceremony | 30 May 2015

Christiane Derrer, Swiss Competition Organiser (HISTORIA), opening the ceremony | Photo: Tina Gotthardt
Christiane Derrer, Swiss Competition Organiser (HISTORIA), opening the ceremony | Photo: Tina Gotthardt

The award ceremony of the Swiss History Competition 2013-2015 took place on 30 May 2015 in the City Museum of Aarau. This recently re-opened museum was the perfect location to celebrate the awarded works because one of the exhibitions called “From the French Revolution to the Facebook Like-Button” is questioning the development of democratic values and citizenship with a special focus on the Swiss way of democracy.

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Ukrainian Ceremony on Public Square in Kiev | 28 May 2015

Public Award Ceremony in Kiev | Photo: NOVA DOBA
Public Award Ceremony in Kiev | Photo: NOVA DOBA

On 28 May 2015 participants of this year’s Ukrainian history competition presented their projects on a market place in Kiev. Part of this public presentation was also the organising of a flash mob. The prize winners received greetings from the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Dr. Pavlo Polianskyi.

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