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Elene from Georgia | Photo: private
Elene from Georgia | Photo: private

Carrying out physical experiments, writing short stories, doing historical research and playing the piano – Elene has a lot of hobbies. But first and foremost, she aims at contributing to change in her home country Georgia.

eCommemoration Campus “Beyond the Crisis”
eCommemoration Campus “Beyond the Crisis”

The year 2020 brought a global pandemic. All over the world we are experiencing how this corona crisis not only has a massive impact on our present but will also shape our future, because it seems to permeate all areas. How do we as individuals and as a society deal with these challenges? Will looking at past crises help us deal with current ones?

Online History Camp 2020 | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/Heidi Bartsch
Online History Camp 2020 | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/Heidi Bartsch

The Online History Camp “Don’t Look Back in Anger! Coping with Painful Pasts” brings history competition prize winners of four countries together. Young people from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will meet for six intensive weeks in online sessions to investigate and discuss matters of family and local history and their impact on the present.

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”.