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German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (second from right) | Photo: David Ausserhofer
German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (second from right) | Photo: David Ausserhofer

On 22 November, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier honoured this year’s first prize winners of the German history competition in the Bellevue Palace Berlin. The topic of the competition was “God and the world. Religion makes history” which encouraged over 5,000 young people to participate and to send in a total of 1,639 contributions.

Cara Sophie Fellmann | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Cara Sophie Fellmann | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

A German Student Traced Her Mennonite Family Background

All of Cara's ancestors on her father’s side were Mennonites. How did they live? What made them different? The whole process of researching her family history was emotional and enriching in many ways, Cara wrote. Take a look at what Cara said about her competition entry.

Finja Haehser | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Finja Haehser | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

German Example of Historical Research

Finja Haehser wrote about the illegitimate children of SS-soldiers after the Second World War. Her grandfather, whom she interviewed, was such an illegitimate child. Finja also compared the situation of illegitimate children in the past and today. Take a look at what Finja said about her competition entry.

The issue of religion provided ample food for thought | Photo: Maria Feck
The issue of religion provided ample food for thought | Photo: Maria Feck

This year's competition is the twenty-fifth consecutive German History Contest that the Koerber Foundation has organised. “The large number of participants working on the topic of "God and the world. Religion makes history" proves that young people are interested in religion,” said Sven Tetzlaff, head of the foundation's Education Department.