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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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 join second Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue in Olsztyn | 24 June 2015

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

In September, the Polish city of Olsztyn will welcome 50 young Europeans. They will research the impact flight and displacement have on the lives of those affected and on their understanding of "home" and "identity." With this second Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue, the Council of the Baltic Sea Secretariat and the Körber Foundation continue their successful cooperation from 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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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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Slovenian Award Ceremony | 19 May 2015

Slovenian Award Ceremony 2015 | Photo: Vojko Kunaver
Slovenian Award Ceremony 2015 | Photo: Vojko Kunaver

On 19 May 2015 a group of young history researchers from all over Slovenia gathered in the Museum of Contemporary History in Ljubljana for a very festive reason: The Award Ceremony for the prize winners of the Slovenian EUSTORY Competition 2015.

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Estonian Award Ceremony | 08 May 2015

Estonian participants with their tutors | Photo: Aldo Luud
Estonian participants with their tutors | Photo: Aldo Luud

During this year’s Estonian award ceremony one of the participants stated: “My research for this competition made me understand how lucky current generations are to be living in a free country.” The topic of this year’s round was “Estonia during World War II" and the ceremony was held on 8 May 2015 in the Hall of Ministry of Education and Research in Tartu.

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EUSTORY Annual Network Meeting 2015 | 07 May 2015

EUSTORY Competition Organisers 2015 | Photo: EUROCLIO / Ben Kealey
EUSTORY Competition Organisers 2015 | Photo: EUROCLIO / Ben Kealey

From 19-21 April 2015, organisers of national history competitions from twenty-two European countries gathered for the EUSTORY Annual Network Meeting in Helsingør, Denmark. This year’s network meeting was held in partnership with EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Teachers. It was linked to the EUROCLIO Annual Conference that explored 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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