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Write Your Own History: Finding Stories and Writing Grass-Root History

Workshop Retrospect: Write Your Own History
Photo: © Körber-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer

This content was developed during a workshop at the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2018 "Making Peace with History" from 14 to 19 November 2018 in Berlin. The Summit brought together 120 participants from Europe and beyond who worked together with experts from the fields of academia, journalism, education and arts to focus on the processes of making, negotiating and maintaining peace in Europe.

Does history only happen in big politics and are the experiences of people, families and regions overlooked? In this workshop the participants became a historical detective, put their ear to the ground to find the stories and histories of Europeans and made their voices heard.

The participants got the chance to find out how historical events affected people from all over Europe and are still influencing the young generation of today. They received professional journalistic coaching in the journalistic skills of research techniques and in arranging and presenting the findings in a text. By conducting interviews, the youth journalists gathered information, learnt about the relevant historical events and arranged them in a journalistic piece. The young Editors Team of the History Campus was a part of this workshop, which gave the participants the opportunity to get »backstage« insights into the History Campus blog.

Clemens Schöll

Clemens Schöll
Journalist, media trainer and facilitator
Berlin, Germany

Photo: © Körber-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer

The texts produced in this workshop were presented during the closing ceremony and some were published on the History Campus blog.

What if … you were drafted to defend your country tomorrow?

Photo: Körber-Stiftung/Pavel Franzusov

1919: A special blue carrier pigeon of peace

How to end WWI? Participants negotiating peace agreements. (Photo: Körber-Stiftung)