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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.

Teacher training in Italy | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Teacher training in Italy | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

How do digitalisation and the internet affect our contemporary awareness of the past and the way students approach history? This is the challenge the Fondazione per la Scuola has accepted in 2012 when relaunching the concept of their students’ history competition project. The Fondazione is a member of the EUSTORY Network.

Dr. Zdeněk Hazdra | Photo: Přemysl Fialka
Dr. Zdeněk Hazdra | Photo: Přemysl Fialka

Dr. Zdeněk Hazdra works as Director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. As student, he was among the prize winners of the first Czech EUSTORY History Competition in the year 2001/2002. Katja Fausser, Managing Director of EUSTORY, talked to him about the relevance of this early experience and how the EUSTORY approach can contribute to the dialogue on 20th century history in Europe.

Tinkara Simončič | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Tinkara Simončič | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

The Courage of Slovenian Firefighters

"For the common good" was the topic of the 2015/2016 Slovenian History Competition. When the wave of refugees and migrants passed through Slovenia in 2015, local firefighters were the first to help those people in need. That's when Tinkara decided to find out more about the role and significance of firefighters in the past and present.

Take a look at what Tinkara said about her competition entry.

Polish Award Ceremony | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Polish Award Ceremony | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

On 27 October, the History Meeting House in Warsaw hosted the award ceremony of the 20th Polish history competition. More than 50 students displayed their eight awarded entries to the competition project »Historia bliska« organised by the KARTA Center.

Happy faces at the EUSTORY summit | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/D. Ausserhofer
Happy faces at the EUSTORY summit | Photo: Körber-Stiftung/D. Ausserhofer

First EUSTORY Summit: Diverse, Controversial and Creative

After a turbulent start of the summit - storm 'Xavier' had swept across nothern Germany - the first EUSTORY Next Generation Summit came to an end on 9 October 2017 in Berlin with standing ovations for the impressive work of the 100 young European participants. After three intensive days of exchange, discussion and reflection, the 16- to 25-year-old paraticipants presented the results of their six workshops in a public closing event.
Read a report.

Krystyna Shapovalova | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Krystyna Shapovalova | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Helping to Restore an Old Military Hospital

As a volunteer Krystyna helped in the preservation of historical monuments in the Ukraine. The city of Dnipro, where she was born, once was a hub for the Soviet military industry. Nowadays, heritage buildings like the military hospital which Krystyna is helping to preserve, are crumbling away.

Take a look at what Krystyna said in her competition entry.

Blandine Smilansky | Photo: private
Blandine Smilansky | Photo: private

Blandine Smilansky works as an educator at the House of European History in Brussels which was opened in May 2017 by the European Parliament. At the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2017, she conducted the workshop »Europe on Display« together with her colleague Laure Goemans. They supported EUSTORY prize-winners from different countries to reflect and critically comment on selected narrations presented in the museum.