New Initiative in Germany: "Tomorrow’s History - Everyday Life in Times of Corona"
The German History Competition together with the German Coronarchiv want to encourage young people in Germany to actively shape the way how future generations might talk about the epidemiological threat of 2020.
Coronavirus and the political reactions to it are fundamentally changing people's everyday lives, work and leisure time these days. The pandemic and its consequences are being classified as historic already. In this situation, the German History Competition together with the joint public history project Coronarchiv encourage young people in Germany to reflect on and to document the changes in their everyday lives caused by the coronavirus crisis. The initiative aims to motivate young people to perceive changes in their own environment and in their families. They can now learn firsthand to produce sources from which future generations can learn more about how the virus affected everyday life in Germany.
Coronarchiv is a joint public history project of the Universities of Hamburg, Bochum and Gießen in cooperation with Hamburg's Museum of Medical History and the Museum of Hamburg History. It is designed as a free and open online platform to which everyone can contribute and which is accessible to all. The aim of Coronarchiv is the ongoing collection, archiving, contextualisation and long-term accessibility of personal memories and findings on the 'corona crisis'.
Based on the model of the German History Competition, which has been organised by Körber-Stiftung for almost 50 years, participants are invited to select a memory, an impressive experience or a conversation that shows how the crisis has affected their own family or region. They can submit photos, short video or audio documents, creative or factual texts, interviews, posters, collages, etc.
All submitted contributions will be transferred to Coronarchiv and published on their website. The ten best contributions will also be awarded a book by Körber-Stiftung.