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1919: A special blue carrier pigeon of peace

How to lose one third of your empire in 140 characters? Today we can hardly imagine the political sphere without daily tweets and constant online communication. Imagine how political life and our world would have looked if social media existed 100 years ago! What insights could we gain, which are different from the usual official statements? We are inviting you to a social experiment: During the E...

History Camp 2014 in Oslo | Photo: Tina Gotthardt

“The absence of war is far from being peace“

There are so many present problems and pressing issues which are linked to World War I, the prime catastrophe of the 20th century. At the same time it shows that hardly anyone learns from history. Haris Huremagić (20), a prize winner of the Austrian history competition, has a Bosnian Background and demands honest efforts of modernization for Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

What is WWI to us? – Impressions of a German student from a celebration ceremony in the German Parliament

Lotta Schneidemesser (27) was invited to attend a national hour of remembrance at the German Bundestag on the occasion of the outbreak of WWI one hundred years ago. The event provided insights not only into recent debates related to war and peace in Europe but also into the positions taken by Germany and France in the past and present.          

“They all fell, one after the other”: Interview with Prof. Lucian Boia

“It is always easier to understand a historical event if you try to find a personal connection to it. When thinking about the century that passed since World War One (or soon-to-pass, rather), the first thought that crosses my mind is the temporal distance that separates me from the event. A hundred years is four times the life I have lived so far. From this perspective, the Great War doesn’...

Remembering the First World War

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. For four days in May, four hundred young people from Europe and North Africa met in Berlin during the HistoryCampus to investigate the personal significance of the First World War for themselves, for their national identity and for modern day Europe as a joint peace project. Prior to the actual event, participants of the...

All of a sudden, the homeland was gone – the legacy of World War I for Slovenia

In connection with the HistoryCampus Europe 14/14 in Berlin, young Europeans from 40 different countries dealt with the legacy of the Great War for their countries and for themselves. Tamara Čakič from Slovenia wanted to dig deeper into the consequences of WW I for her homecountry and interviewed Bojan Balkovec, professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana and at the same t...

HistoryCampus – last day of workshops

Day 3: On the last day of the HistoryCampus workshop "Your World War One Story", Adnan, one of the participants, was kind enough to bring some food for thought. As Ruben's face clearly reveals, the already high morale was boosted and the donuts provided just the finishing touch of inspiration. The different groups have been working on short video clips about monuments. The stories co...

workshop Thinking in Pictures

HistoryCampus – workshop progress report

Day 2: Members of the HistoryCampus workshop "Thinking in Pictures" finished their storyboard (you see it on the table) and they are busy turning their storyboard into a script for the animated video. This group's video will be about the impact of World War One on every day life at home and they are currently looking for photos and sounds to illustrate their story. "The atm...

HistoryCampus – first day of workshops

Day 1: On their first day, members of the workshop "Express yourself! Looking at war from a theatrical angle", were doing a few basic theatrical exercises. "They need to get a feeling for how to work as a group", says Rolf Claussen, one of the two workshop leaders. Participants learned how to provide an impetus and also give others room for their impetuses. They learned to rely...

A personal approach to the history of WWI

Fifteen young people from ten different countries enrolled in the workshop “Your World War One Story” during the HistoryCampus Europe 14/14 in Berlin which will start today, May 7th. Ineke Veldhuis Meester from the Netherlands is one of the workshop leaders and, as an Ambassador of EUROCLIO (European Association of History Educators), has worked with international groups before. Her gr...

Learning how to think in pictures

“Analysing history and putting historical events in the form of an animation is anything but easy but it is worth the effort”, says Anna Sieväla from Finland. Anna enrolled in the workshop “Thinking in Pictures – Visualising Conclusions of the HistoryCampus” of the HistoryCampus Europe 14/14 in Berlin in May. Anna is one of fifteen group members from nine differe...

Between propaganda and historical truth

You can tell that the 100th anniversary of World War One (WWI) is approaching by observing the growing number of recent publications on the topic or by following the numerous debates about the reasons for the outbreak, about responsibility and guilt or about the impact of WWI on contemporary Europe. However, these debates look very different depending on which discussions you observe. Each country...

Approaching WWI by means of theatre

Can you approach the First World War by means of theatre? Yes, you can, say members of the German improvisational theatre group ‘hidden shakespeare’. They are offering a workshop during the HistoryCampus Europe 14/14 in Berlin in May called “Express yourself! Looking at war from a theatrical angle”. Sixteen young people from eight different countries signed up for the works...

Bringing bricks to life!

If you could create a European monument, how would you go about it? You would have to be creative, of course. And you would have to pare down all your visions and ideas to ONE artistic concept – without losing sight of the diversity of the European past and present. Does that sound impossible? No, it doesn’t, says historian Caroline Gritschke. Caroline Gritschke is fascinated by monume...

Europe 14/14

History matters – especially this year! The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and respective collective memories are not just visible in TV documentaries, exhibitions and theater plays but will be celebrated with a big European festival “Europe 14|14” in Berlin. On the occasion of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Koerber Foundation, togethe...

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