In Focus: War Children in Europe

Eden Hazan, student from Israel | Photo: private
Eden Hazan, student from Israel | Photo: private

 

Eden Hazan from Tel Aviv, Israel, researched on the fate of Jewish children during the Holocaust. In her competition entry of 2015, Eden focuses on children’s experiences in times of persecution and war which are sometimes quite different to adult’s narratives. However, regardless of their different way of experiencing the atrocities of the Holocaust, Jewish children were deprived of their childhood: In order to survive they had to hide, or had to deny their Jewish origin living with foster parents or even in orphanages. As a result, Jewish children suffered severe identity crises and had to cope with psychological problems.

For her study, Eden was awarded the third prize in the Israeli EUSTORY Competition of 2014/2015. She also won a scholarship from the “Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust” as well as a prize from “Yad Vashem”.

Read an English summary of Eden’s work.
Download research paper.

Find more research papers here.


War Children in Europe

Copyright: Amerika Haus/ Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo
Copyright: Amerika Haus/ Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo

 

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in May 2015, we will focus on those who were confronted in their childhood and youth with war, occupation, genocide, flight and expulsion, or were born during this period. We will highlight EUSTORY events and resources.


History Campus

Slovenian History Competition 2015/2016

Slovenian flag for competition round 2015/2016

"For the Common Good" is the topic of the current Slovenian competition. Download the competition brochure here. For information about the Slovenian history competition go here


Slovak History Competition 2015/2016

Slovak poster for competition round 2015/2016

"History in Photographs" is the topic of the current Slovak competition. For information about the Slovak history competition go here.


French History Competition 2015/2016

French poster for competition round 2015/2016

"Verdun - A European Commemoration Site?" is the topic of the French competition in 2015/2016. Download the competition brochure: in French, in German. For information about the French history competition go here.


Welsh History Competition 2016

Welsh poster for competition round 2016

"My Heritage" is the topic of the Welsh competition in 2016. Download the competition brochure here. For information about the Welsh history competition go here.



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Polish Award Cermony | 01 December 2015

Group of Polish prize winners from “Technical No. 8”, a school in Olsztyn | Photo: KARTA Center
Group of Polish prize winners from “Technical No. 8”, a school in Olsztyn | Photo: KARTA Center

On 1 December 2015, the Polish EUSTORY History Competition »Historia bliska« invited its prize winners to the Museum of Independence in Warsaw to receive their awards. To honour the students’ achievements, Fundacja Ośrodka KARTA (KARTA Center), the competition’s organiser, had invited experts from the field of historical research who praised the results.

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German Award Ceremony | 17 November 2015

Group photo of prize winners with German Federal President Joachim Gauck | Photo: David Ausserhofer
Group photo of prize winners with German Federal President Joachim Gauck | Photo: David Ausserhofer

On 17 November, German Federal President Joachim Gauck hosted the award ceremony of the 24th round of the German history competition in Bellevue Palace in Berlin, his official residence. The topic of the competition was "Being Different. Outsiders in History" and more than 5,000 young people sent in a total of 1,563 contributions.

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War Children in Europe – Results of the EUSTORY Alumni Seminar | 15 October 2015

Visiting the concentration camp Sachsenhausen | Photo: Körber-Stiftung | Karolina Kaleta
Visiting the concentration camp Sachsenhausen | Photo: Körber-Stiftung | Karolina Kaleta

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War we are faced with the declining number of eye witnesses of the events. Those who are still among us were children when they had to experience the atrocities of a world on the battlefields. How do they remember their lives during World War II, how did they cope with gruesome impressions the war had left on their minds? And how do these memories vary between different nations?  Twenty participants from 14 different European countries took part in a 4 months online seminar that concluded in a History Camp in July. Their results are now available on the History Campus website. To read a report about the seminar in Berlin, please click here.


Iberian Award Ceremony | 03 October 2015

Award winners of the 8th Iberian History competition | Photo: Juan Jesús (Centro Imagen)
Award winners of the 8th Iberian History competition | Photo: Juan Jesús (Centro Imagen)

On 3 October 2015, the award ceremony of the 8th Iberian History Competition was held at the Real Maestranza in Ronda (Málaga). Organised by the Portuguese Association of History Teachers and the Real Maestranza de Caballería, this year’s round had encouraged students from Spain, Portugal and all the countries of America to investigate the topic "America".

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#regionaleye exhibits: "Homeland reconsidered" | 01 October 2015

Participants of the 2nd Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue in Olsztyn 2015
Participants of the 2nd Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue in Olsztyn

Fifty young Europeans, mostly recruited from EUSTORY, presented their work results at the end of the Second Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue “Homeland reconsidered – new loyalties and redefined identities in Europe” in the Polish city of Olsztyn. The exhibition #regionaleye now shows the artistical outcomes of this week-long youth dialogue online. Please read a seminar report and view the photo gallery here.


Key topics of the 2015 EUSTORY History Competitions were dictatorship and oppression | 27 August 2015

Dictatorship and oppression | Photo: Körber-Stiftung / David Ausserhofer
Dictatorship and oppression | Photo: Körber-Stiftung / David Ausserhofer

Participants of national EUSTORY History Competitions are asked to look at a given broad topic from a personal, specific angle. In the most recent competitions, a noticeable number of youths turned their attention to questions of dictatorship and oppression. Their contributions demonstrate how important it is for them to remember the different experiences of dictatorship in order to ensure a democratic coexistence.

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European perspectives on "War Children in Europe" | 21 August 2015

Group photo | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Group photo | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

From 6 – 12 August 2015, twenty young Europeans met at the History Camp in Berlin to exchange and deepen their national research about the fate of War Children in Europe. The meeting concluded the six-months online project dealing with the topic of "War Children in Europe." The project was initiated and financed by the Körber Foundation and organised with the Agency for Historical, Civic and Media Education as operating partner.

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Welsh Award Ceremony | 10 July 2015

Invited audience in the National Museum of Wales | Photo: Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative
Invited audience in the National Museum of Wales | Photo: Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative

This year’s award ceremony of the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative’s history competition also marks its 25 years anniversary. Two groups impressed the jury with their detailed inquiries into the history of World War I in their region.

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