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Breaking the SEAL
Breaking the SEAL

Following the great success of the regional Galway History Competition that is organised by “Breaking the SEAL”, the organisers are now looking forward to take the History Competition to the national level. As in previous years the choice for a focus topic will be open. The awards ceremony will take place in late May 2018.

The winner of the Danish history competition 2018 receives his diploma | Photo: Winnie Færk
The winner of the Danish competition 2018 receives his diploma | Photo: Winnie Færk

On 11 March 2018, the History Teachers´ Association of Denmark awarded the winners of the 2018 National History Competition during the historical festival »Historiske Dage« in Øksnehallen in Copenhagen, which was visited by thousands of people.

Book cover “Strolling through Istanbul in 1918. The War Memoirs of the German Private Georg Steinbach” | Photo (cropped): private
Book cover “Strolling through Istanbul in 1918. The War Memoirs of the German Private Georg Steinbach” | Photo (cropped): private

Sometimes your family’s past holds hidden treasures that offer surprising insights into the past. This is what Ruben Gallé, a young German student, experienced. His great-grandfather was a German soldier who lived during the First World War. In his diary, he describes his day to day experiences during his stationing in Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) in 1918.

Prize winners of the Bulgarian National History Competition | Photo: Values Foundation
Prize winners of the Bulgarian National History Competition | Photo: Values Foundation

On 16 December, the Bulgarian Values Foundation presented the awards to the winners of the 2017 National History Competition in the National Gallery in Sofia. Under this year’s topic "Family stories from the time of the communist regime" 36 young people participated and handed in 30 contributions. It is the tenth time that the competition was organised since its creation in 1998 by Antonina Stoyanova’s organisation. Over 1,600 young people have participated in the competitions throughout the years.

300 students‘ essays published online | Photo: NOVA DOBA
300 students‘ essays published online | Photo: NOVA DOBA

NOVA DOBA, the All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History, Civic Education and Social Studies, launched the project »(No) War Heroes. Reinforcement of the history of Ukrainian Forced Labourers and Prisoners of the World War II in the historical narrative of Ukraine«. It aimed at providing occasions as well as teaching material for a multiperspective reflection of the topic including notions of Holocaust, flight, collaboration, resistance as well as nationalisms and ethnic conflicts, starting from individual biographies.

Teacher training in Minsk | Photo: Historyka
Teacher training in Minsk | Photo: Historyka

During 2017 and 2018, history competitions in four countries – Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – will be supported within the framework of a cooperation project supervised by Körber-Stiftung/EUSTORY and DVV International and funded by the German Foreign Office.

Frank-Michael Kuhlemann | Photo: Kirsten Lassig, MZ, TU-Dresden
Frank-Michael Kuhlemann | Photo: Kirsten Lassig, MZ, TU-Dresden

On 22 November, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier hosted the award ceremony of the German history competition 2016/17 in Berlin. The topic was "God and the world. Religion makes history". The competition’s results were assessed by the German expert Frank-Michael Kuhlemann who holds the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History and Didactics of History at the Technical University of Dresden. In an interview he stresses the importance of religion for history lessons.

Israeli Award Ceremony | Photo: The Historical Society of Israel
Israeli Award Ceremony | Photo: The Historical Society of Israel

The award ceremony for the Israeli 2017 competition took place on 28 November 2017 at the Tel Aviv University. The festive event was composed of two parts. The first part included a panel of four senior scholars who delivered lectures on the optic of "connected histories". The second part of the event was the award ceremony itself.

German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (second from right) | Photo: David Ausserhofer
German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (second from right) | Photo: David Ausserhofer

On 22 November, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier honoured this year’s first prize winners of the German history competition in the Bellevue Palace Berlin. The topic of the competition was “God and the world. Religion makes history” which encouraged over 5,000 young people to participate and to send in a total of 1,639 contributions.