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Traces of History: “Multiculturalism in Slovakia in the 20th century – the Bulgarian minority”

Kristina Christozova Born in 1995 in Martin, Slovakia “Multiculturalism in Slovakia in the 20th century – the Bulgarian minority” (2012) Kristina was born into a bicultural family – her mother is Slovak and her father is Bulgarian. Her mother and father met at the university in Sofia, Bulgaria, and after they got married they moved to Slovakia. The...

“EUSTORY gave me extra motivation for my further development in the future.”

Name: Vaya Age: 23 Hometown: Pleven Country: Bulgaria EUSTORY experiences: Youth Academy in Switzerland 2008, Youth Academy in Bulgaria 2010 Actual occupation/studies: Studies Accounting and Finances at the University of World and European Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria Athough Vaya does not travel very often and she says she lives in a state that does...

EUSTORY (EFKAGA) in Riga

I actually think that this is the first time that I post from an EFKAGA (Event Formally Known As General Assembly). During the last years there have been many organisational changes within the EUSTORY Network – from a project to an international association to an informal network – but what didn’t change during the whole time were...

Bravery and Strength: The Story of my Explorations Concerning my Grandmother’s Time in post-WW2 Europe

Sjur’s 2012 history competition entry is about his Israeli grandmother’s time in Budapest, Hungary, from 1946 to 1948, as well as her journey from Israel through Europe to get there. Sjur first began to get interested in this part of his ancestor’s history on a family trip to Budapest in August 2011 with sixteen family members there, includin...

Europe, do you feel free?

In preparation of the workshop in Berlin our 15 participants conducted a survey within their countries in order to find out, what freedom means for their peers/families and how they assess the situation concerning freedom and human rights in their countries. Zuzana and Sárka read all the evaluations from Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, ...

Freedom in Europe: Equal opportunities?

During the workshop ‘Desire for Freedom’ Mare from Estonia conducted an interview with Sofia (Finland), Sławomir (Poland) and Darya (Belarus) How do you feel about the situation of freedom in your country? How is it restrained? Sofia: Excellent. Not only are the human rights guaranteed to a great extent, I think we have one of the close...

“Pasta for the Poor” – Experiencing inequality

A simulation seemed to be the best way for our Eustorians to experience the situation of inequality during the seminar in Berlin. With pasta as money and socks and tape and socks to create different starting chances for our participants during the distribution of wealth. Giving different voting rights according to wealth just established the inequa...

Freedom of Interpretation

While working with the exhibition ‘Desire for Freedom’, our participants were confronted with the fact, that we were not allowed to take pictures of the art and display them here. They found another way of visualizing their interpretation. You can also look into the Making of

The Desire for Freedom

After only four days of intense working in Berlin on the topic of freedom, our 15 Eustorians produced an impressive ‘piece of art’, a blog consisting of many different pieces. We will are going to publish parts of it here as well, but if you want to see the whole, go here… http://desireforfreedom.wordpress.com/

Never giving up a good discussion about Europe: Roman from Belgium

Name: Roman Age: 19 Hometown: Ronse/Ghent Country: Belgium EUSTORY experiences: EUSTORY Summer Academy Berlin 2011, EUSTORY Debate Paris 2012 Roman is studying his second year of History at the University of Ghent. He plans to finish his master’s degree in history and afterwards he would like to continue studying by getting his PhD. Although as eve...

‘The Desire for Freedom’: The Eustory alumni workshop started in Berlin

Yesterday Eustory alumni from Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain arrived in Berlin. Today the worked started in the exhibition of the German Historical Museum and right now our participants are strolling around the exhibition to look for that one...

Traces of History: The scandals around Wilhelm Gräfer over the course of time and societal changes

Topic of the German History Competition 2010/2011: Scandals in History Topic of research paper: The scandals around Wilhelm Gräfer over the course of time and societal changes Authors: Malte Leimbach, Maria Junker, Jan Schmelter Gräfer was mayor of the town of Lemgo before and until the end of World War II. When the American troops came to the town...

“I have the feeling that certain borders and boundaries, that were torn down in history are being built again”, Tamara about feeling European in times of crisis and her idea of a united Europe

Name: Tamara Age: 22 Hometown: Maribor Country: Slovenia EUSTORY experiences: Berlin 2009, Minsk 2010, Internet seminar – Chernobyl 2010/11, Berlin 2011, Madrid 2011. Actual occupation/studies: 4th year of International Relations As most of the EUSTORY alumni, Tamara loves traveling and knowing different cultures and now she is living one of her dr...

Building Bridges through Europe – Germán about his Erasmus year in Ghent, EUSTORY friendships, ‘los indignados’ and the current crisis in Europe

Name: Germán Age: 21 Hometown: Seville Country: Spain EUSTORY experience: Switzerland 2010, Hamburg, Berlin and Madrid 2011 Current Occupation: Erasmus Student of History at the University of Ghent Germán is living in Ghent today, 2025 km from Seville and he still sees connections and similarities. “Ghent reminds me of my hometown Sevilla, because ...

Dita: “EUSTORY made the borders disappear – now they are some lines on the map and nothing more.”

Name: Dita Age: 21 Hometown: Balvi Country: Latvia EUSTORY experience: Gdansk 2009, Minsk 2010, Berlin 2011 Current Occupation: studies German language and literature at the University of Latvia Dita comes from Latvia – a lovely Baltic state, a country in transition, hellbent on shedding its stalwart old-Soviet image, the Latvia of today is v...