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Memory Suitcase

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.

The taste of holiday: from Finish Christmas to Israeli Hanukkah dessert recipes

For the end of the year we have a special Memory Suitcase for you. It is filled with cookies, cakes and personal stories from all over 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 proud of your results, share the photos of your Christmas baking with ...

Memory Suitcase: The Grandma’s Book Club

Can we find a recipe for overcoming emotional turmoil and cognitive difficulties in a simple children’s book? How can an old illiterate granny succeed where an educated psychologist failed? Ruben reveals how books bring people closer, to themselves and to their loved ones in our latest Memory Suitcase!

Memory Suitcase: What a Japanese hairpin has taught me

A handcrafted hairpin from Japan together with a note of a dear friend have changed the perception of everyday items and their meaning for Varenka from Belgium. Read the friends’ note and learn more about Japanese handcraft in the latest memory suitcase.

Memory Suitcase: Bugs, greens and video tapes

What connects a childhood in wartime Yugoslavia with the story of a little grasshopper in Manhattan? Find out how a child’s cartoon infected Milan from Serbia with Wanderlust and shaped his view of society in our first video MEMORY SUITCASE.

Memory Suitcase: One Rosary, Two Memories

How does the religious object of a rosary become a symbol of an emancipated woman before it develops to a symbol of eternal family love for a young history student? Find out about the latest item in the MEMORY SUITCASE!

Memory Suitcase: Tunes with a Story

Do you know the proverb “The heavier the luggage the easier the journey”? Anna’s family moved several times, at times accompanied by the piano of her mother. So what’s the piano’s story and how does it relate to the mother’s super powers – hearing the hidden notes and making a drawing come to life? Find out about a new thing in our MEMORY SUITCASE

Memory Suitcase: Unity in the Hat

A bit of uniforms here, a pinch of ideology there and abracadabra – that’s how youngsters are often charmed into a common ideology. But Tamara can look thorough its surface and still pull a virtue out of the ideology hat. See our first MEMORY SUITCASE item!

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