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From Prizren to the world – keeping in touch with friends from abroad is important to Zana  | Photo: private
From Prizren to the world – keeping in touch with friends from abroad is important to Zana | Photo: private

Sometimes roads are rocky. So was Zana’s when she made her journey to last year’s EUSTORY Summit in Berlin and so is Kosovo’s until the present day. The history of her home country taught her to see every obstacle as a chance for change, both on the large and the small scale.

Paul Flynn revealing winner | Source: screenshot from video stream
Paul Flynn revealing winner | Source: screenshot from video stream

With an online award ceremony on 30 July 2020, the Irish National History Competition organisers made the most of a rather difficult situation. Their online celebration was able to create an atmosphere similar to the Oscars with the suspenseful revealing of prize winners at the end of their ceremony.

Jonas from Germany  | Photo: private
Jonas from Germany | Photo: private

At EUSTORY‘s youth encounters participants can find friends with whom they can exchange ideas about important questions of politics and identity. In an interview, EUSTORY Alumnus Jonas from Germany explains why this is important to him.

Initiative in Germany: Tomorrow´s History - Everyday Life in Times of Corona | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Initiative in Germany: "Tomorrow’s History - Everyday Life in Times of Corona" | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

The interest was huge: More than 1,500 children and young people handed in 1,120 contributions to “Tomorrow's History - Everyday Life in Times of Corona“. With this initiative the German History Competition together with “coronarchiv” wanted to encourage young people to actively shape the way how future generations might talk about the epidemiological threat of 2020.

Logo of the Ukrainian History Competition 2019/2020 | Photo: NOVA DOBA
Logo of the Ukrainian History Competition 2019/2020 | Photo: NOVA DOBA

Starting in September 2019, a total of 1,727 young people aged between 14 and 18 years got engaged in the competition dealing with the topic „Soviet Past – Rethinking the History“. Teamed up into research groups, pupils conducted 290 local studies of the Ukrainian Soviet past.

Reception of Estonian prize winners 2019/2020 by Estonian President Kaljulaid | Photo: The Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia/Mattias Tammet
Reception of Estonian prize winners 2019/2020 by Estonian President Kaljulaid | Photo: The Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia/Mattias Tammet

On 2 June 2020, the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, welcomed the prize winners of the 21st Estonian EUSTORY History Competition in the presidential castle in Kadriorg Park in Tallinn. The prize winners were honoured for their successful entries on the topic of “Estonia in the World, the World in Estonia”.

Prizewinners of the Russian History Competition 2019/2020 presenting their works online | Photo: MEMORIAL International
Prizewinners of the Russian History Competition 2019/2020 presenting their works online | Photo: MEMORIAL International

Russia was the first EUSTORY Network Member to develop a digital format for their history competition’s award ceremony that had to be cancelled due to restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic – a challenging experience with some unexpected outcomes.

Tzivia from Israel - Belonging in Between | Photo: private
Tzivia from Israel - Belonging in Between | Photo: private

In our series "Getting to Know EUSTORY Alumni" we introduce some of the young people from Europe and beyond who took part in our EUSTORY youth encounters and became EUSTORIANS.  Let us introduce Tzivia from Israel to you today.

The first 'silent stories' on Instagram | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
The first 'silent stories' on Instagram | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

The Instagram Museum "Silent Stories of 1945" has opened its digital doors. It presents stories which have not previously been heard, forgotten life stories and stories which represent contradictory experiences of the war.