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300 students‘ essays published online | Photo: NOVA DOBA
300 students‘ essays published online | Photo: NOVA DOBA

What do young Ukrainians associate with war? Insights into a pedagogical project to expand historical narratives

NOVA DOBA, the All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History, Civic Education and Social Studies, launched the project »(No) War Heroes. Reinforcement of the history of Ukrainian Forced Labourers and Prisoners of the World War II in the historical narrative of Ukraine«. It aimed at providing occasions as well as teaching material for a multiperspective reflection of the topic including notions of Holocaust, flight, collaboration, resistance as well as nationalisms and ethnic conflicts, starting from individual biographies.

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Teacher training in Minsk | Photo: Historyka
Teacher training in Minsk | Photo: Historyka

Four under one roof

During 2017 and 2018, history competitions in four countries – Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – will be supported within the framework of a cooperation project supervised by Körber-Stiftung/EUSTORY and DVV International and funded by the German Foreign Office.

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Frank-Michael Kuhlemann | Photo: Kirsten Lassig, MZ, TU-Dresden
Frank-Michael Kuhlemann | Photo: Kirsten Lassig, MZ, TU-Dresden

"Religious diversity must make its mark in history lessons"

On 22 November, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier hosted the award ceremony of the German history competition 2016/17 in Berlin. The topic was "God and the world. Religion makes history". The competition’s results were assessed by the German expert Frank-Michael Kuhlemann who holds the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History and Didactics of History at the Technical University of Dresden. In an interview he stresses the importance of religion for history lessons.

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Teacher training in Italy | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Teacher training in Italy | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Challenges of digitalisation: Answers from Italy

How do digitalisation and the internet affect our contemporary awareness of the past and the way students approach history? This is the challenge the Fondazione per la Scuola has accepted in 2012 when relaunching the concept of their students’ history competition project. The Fondazione is a member of the EUSTORY Network.

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Dr. Zdeněk Hazdra | Photo: Přemysl Fialka
Dr. Zdeněk Hazdra | Photo: Přemysl Fialka

"EUSTORY influenced my career"

Dr. Zdeněk Hazdra works as Director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. As student, he was among the prize winners of the first Czech EUSTORY History Competition in the year 2001/2002. Katja Fausser, Managing Director of EUSTORY, talked to him about the relevance of this early experience and how the EUSTORY approach can contribute to the dialogue on 20th century history in Europe.

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Tinkara Simončič | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Tinkara Simončič | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

The courage of Slovenian firefighters

"For the common good" was the topic of the 2015/2016 Slovenian History Competition. When the wave of refugees and migrants passed through Slovenia in 2015, local firefighters were the first to help those people in need. That's when Tinkara decided to find out more about the role and significance of firefighters in the past and present.

Take a look at what Tinkara said about her competition entry.

Polish Award Ceremony | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Polish Award Ceremony | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Partisans, Priests, Teachers and »Evolutionists of Freedom«

On 27 October, the History Meeting House in Warsaw hosted the award ceremony of the 20th Polish history competition. More than 50 students displayed their eight awarded entries to the competition project »Historia bliska« organised by the KARTA Center.

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Happy faces at the EUSTORY summit | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/D. Ausserhofer
Happy faces at the EUSTORY summit | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/D. Ausserhofer

First EUSTORY Summit: Diverse, controversial and creative

After a turbulent start of the summit - storm 'Xavier' had swept across nothern Germany - the first EUSTORY Next Generation Summit came to an end on 9 October 2017 in Berlin with standing ovations for the impressive work of the 100 young European participants. After three intensive days of exchange, discussion and reflection, the 16- to 25-year-old paraticipants presented the results of their six workshops in a public closing event.
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Krystyna Shapovalova | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Krystyna Shapovalova | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Helping to restore an old military hospital

As a volunteer Krystyna helped in the preservation of historical monuments in the Ukraine. The city of Dnipro, where she was born, once was a hub for the Soviet military industry. Nowadays, heritage buildings like the military hospital which Krystyna is helping to preserve, are crumbling away.

Take a look at what Krystyna said in her competition entry.