Digital Commemoration – Young Europeans Remember World War Two

The first 'silent stories' on Instagram | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
The first 'silent stories' on Instagram | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

The Instagram Museum "Silent Stories of 1945" has opened its digital doors.

The museum was created by 23 young people from 17 countries as their personal contribution to the commemoration of the Second World War. After many months of research and exchange during a project of Körber-Stiftung and the EUSTORY Network (Europe 1945-2020: Looking back, thinking forward), the 16 to 24-year-olds present 'Silent Stories' – stories which have not previously been heard or forgotten life stories of family members and people living nearby. Stories which represent contradictory experiences of the war.

Increasingly, Instagram is becoming a place for historical and political education. Numerous museums and educational institutions already have Instagram accounts that allow them to interact with their audiences. In early March 2020, the young people participated in an intensive weeklong workshop in Warsaw to present their research and to design their own museum on Instagram. Without deviating from the high standards of careful research and historical correctness, they want to use Instagram to engage in talks with their European peers about the Second World War.

Please step inside and allow yourself to be touched by the stories. At short intervals, until the commemoration week in May 2020, additional exhibits and stories will be added and you are invited to get involved.

Your Instagram account will serve as your admisstion ticket. We look forward to your visit and your feedback!

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