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History only happens in politics? Here, we make history personal! A Memory Suitcase is something that every one of us has: a real physical suitcase, an old shoe box or in our minds. It contains objects, images and other items we collect in the course of our life and which we become attached to. Whatever happens, we carry these items with us. They become a symbol of who we are, of our very personal history: Our grandmother’s old chess board, our grandfather’s cookbook containing the recipe to our favourite meal in it, our mother’s childhood sweater, a baseball cap that reminds us of a particular time of our life, an old ticket to a concert,… Find out why these items are so important to our authors and how they became part of their personal histories. 
Do you have an item, which is important to you even though it might not be particularly expensive? Share your idea for your very own Memory Suitcase with the Editors’ Team.

An Old Diploma And My Jump Into History

History is based on research by historians and experts in the area; some even dig for years to find their sources. In some cases, the sources just come to the scholars of history, as Decho from Bulgaria describes in his text. 

One Telegram, six Words, Thirty-five Letters

Do you know the feeling of being able to hold the reason why you live actually in your hands? Neasa does and tells us the story of a telegram and her reunited family without which she wouldn’t be alive.

Christmas Scents and Aromas: Warm Memories for Cold Winter Days

Is there a better wrap up of the year than a very special memory suitcase filled with heartwarming holiday stories and recipes? If you are looking for the Christmas recipes to make your holiday sparkle we got you covered with with some traditional sweet treats and a special salty "lucky" recipe. You only need to roll up the sleeves and test your baking skills!

Memory Suitcase: “The Love for Writing Runs in my Blood”

Sometimes, the answers to the great mysteries of our lives are hidden in plain sight. Our author Rusudan found her great grandfather's diary while cleaning out old bookshelves, revealing a link between the past and the present.

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My Personal Symbol of Adolescence

Do you know the feeling of nostalgia that overwhelms you when some kind of forgotten and seemingly ordinary thing gets into your hands? An old photo, a children’s toy or a banal cup. It is important that it is a symbol of something special in our lives. This happened to our editor Taras, in whose life an unexpected silent companion turned up in a time of transition.

Pretty in Pink

As kids we perceive things differently. Music sounds special and there is no better taste than the one of candy. There are some things we see through rose-coloured glasses, one could say. But while growing up, the glasses lose their colour, many things become clearer and more important than the taste of candies. However, for our author Trixi there is one item that hasn’t lost any pinkness ov...

A Map of Friendship

During international seminars and History Camps you can meet people from all over Europe and form intense friendships. After these events distance and new circumstances sometimes present a challenge, even for the closest friendships. In his MEMORY SUITCASE Phillip shares his experience in making cross-border friendships and reconnecting with them years later. A hand-made paper map became a symbol ...

A Memory You Can Wear

Let’s play a quick game: Imagine your house is on fire and you can only save a single item, the one you care about the most. What would you pick? Furniture, clothes or a TV can be replaced easily, but an item carrying a particular memory cannot. Our author Jonas pondered this question, read here, which item he would save from destruction and why.

From South to North: new-old European winter-time recipes

After having shared a first collection of European recipes and connected memories two years ago, here is a new, special Memory Suitcase for you, again filled with cookies, cakes and personal stories from Europe. We hope some stories will make you laugh, and that some will keep you warm during the cold winter days. Have a go, fill these recipes with life and test your baking skills. And if you’re p...

The “re-unification” belt. When human solidarity overcomes military division.

Remembering World War II is difficult in many countries. In Italy, however, the narration of “us” against “them” is even more difficult, since the country was not occupied by enemies, but Benito Mussolini was a strong ally of Hitler’s Germany even before the war. Only when a new government ousted Mussolini in 1943, German army occupied Northern Italy. In this part of the country, partisans r...

Ticket down Memory Lane

How many times you wished to throw away all those little things on your shelves that you collected? The ones that only “sits” there and gather dust? But when you reach for them you remember a story, a person or a place and then suddenly they become priceless. In her MEMORY SUITCASE Milena reveals why the dusty shoe box with a bunch of paper tickets is her very valuable item.

The sound of childhood

Grandma’s old record player and a collection of vinyl records, encompassing variety of genres, from poems, operas to pop songs, gave sound to Elena’s early childhood in Russia. And how does a memory of your childhood sound like?

If You Could Bring Back One Item from the Times of Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (CSSR) What Would It Be and Why?

However unpleasant the circumstances, there will always be people who would be proponents of the past, whatever the regime or the political system at that time. This seems to be the case especially in post-communist countries, for which the transition into a democracy does not always go smoothly. In light of this, during our trip to the Czech Republic, we asked citizens of Prague the question:‘If ...

A Desert Rose – New Memory Suitcase

Memory Suitcase took a couple of months of vacation, but only to come back to you fresher and more interesting than ever! We made a new, warmer and more welcoming guise for all your memories. And since writings and pictures felt too tight for the rich world of our personal heritage, we are introducing our first audio Memory Suitcase. In the first edition of our new Memory Suitcase series, we’...

Memory Suitcase: The Virtue of Lists

  Have you ever considered a list a valuable item on a desert island? No?! Željka from Serbia shares her personal lists with you and most importantly; the reason why making lists is of value to future generations.

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