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What really happened … during the Paris Peace Conference

During the seminar ‘End of Empires’ in Slovenia, our participants discussed a lot about how decisions about border changes the division of territory and the founding of new national states often were made by other ‘greater’ powers. This is how they imagine the Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War I By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy....

51 years ago… A wall was built

And three years ago, the participants of the Eustory academy in Berlin dealt with the topic of the Berlin wall. They realized three movies around that topic. One fairy tale that tries to explain life in East and West of Berlin Once upon the time in East/West, the DIY video How to cross the boarder in less than one day or the silent movie The Monks, which is based on a true story. By loading the vi...

Almost 18.000 visitors on our blog! All started two years ago…

About two years ago this blog started due to an initiative of two of our interns during our summer academy in Berlin in August 2010. Reason enough to show again the movies the participants created during that week, all dealing with the topic of repression in totalitarian systems, some with a more artiscal approach, others with a satirical one. Please watch here: Falling Shadows, Two Sides of One S...

Exile – A State of Mind?

We were together for a week in Madrid aiming to find out more about the phenomenon of “exile”, talking with many different people about their very different experiences with exile, differing in reasons or places to leave. We were comparing and discussing definitions from encyclopedias from different countries, trying to frame exile, to differ it from migration or asylum. We informed ou...

San Pancrazzio | Photo: L. Peters

Exile – an eternal story?

Hear this tale as old as time Another soul in exile Young man is standing by the shore He cannot take it anymore The days are looking all the same nothing can take away the pain If from the regime he does not flee He surely in prison shall be Without kids, without wife He has to start a new life What is the next step for him No other choice but to swim! Home of the brave, land of the free This is ...

Results from the virtual classroom dealing with Chernobyl

About 50 EUSTORY alumni are working since September to discover the perception of the catastrophe of Chernobyl in their countries. They put their research work on an internet platform and discuss it. This platform is a closed one but they want to share some of their results. You can find the on their blog regularly, starting with the media coverage of the accident all around Europe: http://chernob...

The Rose of Sofia

So, here it is; the movie produced during the academy in Bulgaria with the bloomy title: The Rose of Sofia. The movie is dealing with the BIG topics: love, family, religion, tolerance… Watch it here…

Time to move some boundaries!

After many new impressions that we had gained the previous days, Friday was our chance to present the new knowledge in a special virtual laboratory. We spent the whole day in the National History Museum of Plovdiv, where the atmosphere became really creative and everybody was activelly involved in achieving our main goal. With a bit of technical help  the participants created a virtual world where...

Potatoes rule Europe!

It may come a bit out of nowhere, since in Bulgaria we are only discussing the cooperation between different religions,  but there is one remain of the Swiss academy that must also be mentioned here. Before coming to the academy all participants had the task to look for a potato recipe typical of their families or countries. They send in recipes for potatoes salads from Germany and Estonia, pierog...

The Last Judgement

After meeting representatives of different religions we all thought there was nothing more that could impress us any more. And of course, we were wrong! 🙂 A whole new world invaded our minds when we arrived at Bachkovo’s monastery situated close to the city of Plovdiv. Once we entered past the monastery’s walls it was the calmness and silence which stroke us. We couldn’t even bel...

“This is absolute nonsense!” – visiting the synagogue in Plovdiv

The next group, represented by Мeta, Martin, Nikola and Benjamin,  visited the Synagogue in Plovdiv. That is how they experienced the interview: “We met the guides early in the morning, and walked around the city on a short tour guide and a visit to a little history museum, which had exhibits from 500 BC to the end of the middle ages. When we arrived at the Synagogue four elderly Jews from t...

“Only the peak of the iceberg” – visiting the mosque

The last, but not least group spent the morning researching the Muslim community: “Today (even if it was a rainy day) was a special one for us concerning the topic religion, taking into account that we all belong to religious communities different from the one we had the occasion to “discover”: the Muslim community. The person who helped us finding out more about Islam was Kemal Rashid. What...

A city in the city – the Armenian community in Plovdiv

Mara, Alina, Nils, Jane, Ida who visited the Armenian church share their experience: “The Armenian Church is located in an idyllic area of Plovdiv, just next to the Armenian school. We were introduced by a very kind Armenian woman who was daily related to the church. She had the church doors especially unlocked for us, and we went in, feeling very wet from the rain but also very welcome. The...

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