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Elīna Jātniece | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Elīna Jātniece | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Latvian example of historical research

Elīna wanted to learn more about the history of her family and how different ruling powers affected the life stories of her family members. She was surprised about the number of documents available in the archive regarding her great-grandfather. He had been interrogated by the Cheka, the Soviet Secret Service. Take a look at what Elīna said in her competition entry.

Panel discussion at Icelandic Embassy in Berlin | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Panel discussion at Icelandic Embassy in Berlin | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Expert panel on the efficiency of international youth dialogues

How do international youth encounters support cross-border dialogue and understanding? This was the leading question on 28 March 2017 at an exchange at the Embassy of Iceland in Berlin, hosted by the Icelandic Ambassador to Germany Martin Eyjólfsson and the Director General of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), Ambassador Maira Mora.

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Yuliia Pidluzhna | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Yuliia Pidluzhna | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Ukrainian example of historical research

As a volunteer Yuliia helped in the preservation of historical monuments in the Ukraine. She found that buildings of German colonists in Donetsk are still in excellent condition. Take a look at what Yuliia said in her competition entry.

Finja Haehser | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Finja Haehser | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

German example of historical research

Finja Haehser wrote about the illegitimate children of SS-soldiers after the Second World War. Her grandfather, whom she interviewed, was such an illegitimate child. Finja also compared the situation of illegitimate children in the past and today. Take a look at what Finja said about her competition entry.

The issue of religion provided ample food for thought | Photo: Maria Feck
The issue of religion provided ample food for thought | Photo: Maria Feck

Strong interest in the topic of religion

This year's competition is the twenty-fifth consecutive German History Contest that the Koerber Foundation has organised. “The large number of participants working on the topic of "God and the world. Religion makes history" proves that young people are interested in religion,” said Sven Tetzlaff, head of the foundation's Education Department.

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Jiri Klůc | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Jiri Klůc | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Czech example of historical research

For his research about the story of a photograph which was taken in 1943 on the Eastern front during the Second World War, Jiri Klůc was awarded third prize in the 2015/2016 Czech history competition. He is one of 10,000 young Europeans who conduct historical research within the EUSTORY Network annually. Take a look at what Jiri said about his competition entry.

Poster announcing the photo exhibition
Poster announcing the Slovakian photo exhibition

Opening of photo exhibition following Slovakian Award Ceremony

When the organisers of the Slovakian history competition announced last year's topic "History in Photographs", they could hardly imagine the extremely positive response from the public and the media. The winning entries were exhibited in a public space in Bratislava. Public interest was so strong that the exibition period was extended.

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Cecilie Skov Johansen | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Cecilie Skov Johansen | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Danish example of historical research

Every year, more than 10,000 young Europeans conduct historical research within the EUSTORY Network. These »Traces of History« portray the manifold topics of the students’ works and the faces behind them. We will present some of them on a regular basis. Today, we would like to introduce you to Cecilie's work. She looked at the effects of the industrial revolution in the textile production in her Danish hometown in the middle of the 20th century.

The flag of Estonia was launched on 21 November, 1918 | Photo: private
The flag of Estonia was launched on 21 November, 1918 | Photo: private

News from the current competition in Estonia

The President of the Republic of Estonia announced the topic »Prerequisites of Estonian Independence« for the 18th EUSTORY Competition for student research papers in history. As February 24th, 2018 will mark the centenary of Estonia’s independence, it is just the right time to begin the search for the core reasons that led to this historic event.

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