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Russian Award Ceremony | Photo: Gabriele Woidelko
Russian Award Ceremony | Photo: Gabriele Woidelko

Youngsters from all over Russia celebrated the award ceremony of the 14th Russian history competition run by the International MEMORIAL Society in Moscow on 30 April 2013. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and commitment in these difficult times!

Italian award winners | Photo: Andrea Guermani
Italian award winners | Photo: Andrea Guermani

Award Ceremony Season is starting

The Italian event in March kicked off this year's series of award ceremonies. On 30 April, the non-governmental organisation MEMORIAL will honour the winners of the Russian history competition in Moscow. The Estonian ceremony follows on 18 May, Finland and Sweden will hold their ceremonies on 24 May, followed by the Swiss and Latvian ceremonies one day later.

Group photo EUSTORY organisers 2013 | Photo: Didzis Grodzs
Group photo EUSTORY organisers 2013 | Photo: Didzis Grodzs

From 20 - 23 March 2013 twenty-eight organisers of national history competitions from twenty-two countries gathered for their annual EUSTORY network meeting in Riga. During a reception, Andris Bērziņš, President of Latvia, honoured the work of the EUSTORY network.

Ruprecht Polenz | Photo: private
Ruprecht Polenz | Photo: private

Ruprecht Polenz, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the German Bundestag, is a strong supporter of accepting a premise that the Islam belongs to Europe. On 13 March he spoke during a Europe@Debate event organised by FutureLab Europe and hosted by the Körber Foundation in Hamburg, Germany.

Science Centre for Children | Photo: Andrea Guermani
Science Centre for Children | Photo: Andrea Guermani

The award ceremony of the 9th edition of the Italian history competition took place in Turin on March 6, 2013 in the Science Centre for Children - Xké? – Il laboratorio della curiosità. The topic of the 9th edition was: "Man and Woman: How the Relationship changed".

"Freedom" Workshop | Photo: Tina Gotthardt
"Freedom" Workshop | Photo: Tina Gotthardt

From late January to early February, the EUSTORY alumni workshop "The Desire for Freedom - European values in times of crisis" took place in Berlin. The Körber Foundation and the German Historical Museum invited 15 young Europeans to discuss various aspects of the term "freedom"and its meaning for today's democracies.

Marianne Birthler | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer
Marianne Birthler | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer

On January 31, 2013, Marianne Birthler, the former Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives of the former GDR, spoke  with Eustory alumni about “The Freedom of Remembrance – is Europe heading towards a shared culture of remembrance?”

Winners of first prize | Photo: Education Ministry
Winners of first prize | Photo: Education Ministry

The Danish prize giving ceremony took place in the Ministry of Education in Copenhagen on 30 January 2013. The competition topic was "Democracy" and the winning contribution was a video about the Arab spring made by three young students from Rysensteen High School in Copenhagen.

Gabriele Woidelko | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/Claudia Höhne
Gabriele Woidelko | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/Claudia Höhne

Gabriele Woidelko, managing director of EUSTORY, was invited by the European Parliament to present the work of EUSTORY to the planning board of the future House of European History in Brussels. Just like EUSTORY, the House seeks to contribute to the understanding of European history.