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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Slovenian Award Ceremony | 19 May 2015

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

On May 19, 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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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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It Takes More Than Plain Learning to Understand History | 24 April 2015

Buchenwald 2005 | Photo: Körber Stiftung / David Ausserhofer
Buchenwald 2005 | Photo: Körber Stiftung / David Ausserhofer

"Talking to young people I see that they learnt by rote at school that fascism and national socialism were bad but quite often they are not able to explain why it is so," regrets Ksenia Srednyak, a 29-year-old historian from Russia. Ksenia was part of an international group of young people who participated in the EUSTORY-Alumni project “The Long Shadow of World War II: Young Europeans on ‘The Future of Remembrance’”. Ten years later, in April 2015, four of the former project participants from Great Britain, Romania, Russia and Slovenia rethink the legacy of World War II in the context of the new EUSTORY focus: "War Children in Europe."

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European Online Project “War Children 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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