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Reconsidering the Past

100 Years After: The Name of Death

It was one of the biggest pandemics of all time. It is said to have killed millions by spreading on all inhabited continents within just one year – the Spanish flu caused fear and despair all over the world. But how is it perceived today, 100 years after the big catastrophe? And why is it called ,Spanish’? To find answers, our author Phillip spoke with three young Spanish students, Isabel, Elena a...

Polish-Czech relations: Stereotypes, Mistrust and Misunderstandings put into Practice

The conflicts between Poles and Czechs are numerous, but in the name of learning from the past Anna from Finland asked Polish historian Michal Przeperski if there is something to learn from this quarrelsome history. In his opinion there is - and it's a quite simple one.

Where Were You When… The Troops of the Warsaw Pact Invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968?

The 27th anniversary of the beginning of the Velvet Revolution in then Czechoslovakia on 17 November 1998 brings back memories of a less peaceful uprising in 1968. Reconsidering the past, young Europeans have been asking to the people on Pragues streets: Where were you when the troops of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia on 21 August 1968?

1989 – (R)Evolution, Its Parents and Its Children

Milan, originally from Serbia, reflects different perspectives on his year of birth 1989 and the following process of a unifying, but also a dividing Europe. While what we called East and West was coming together, the Balkans had to struggle with war. The author describes a crack of the generation gap he found himself in and asks the question: Can people who created a ‘dream Europe’ in 1989 a...

Gravestones of thousands of victims at the Srebrenica genocide memorial

Words Don’t Matter Anymore

Haris, an Austrian with Bosnian family-roots, shares his view on why remembering the past mistakes is crucial for ensuring a better future. However, observant the current conflicts and humanitarian crises and in spite of the grave war atrocities, humankind clearly still hasn’t learned its lesson.

Many Shades of Remembering

How does Serbia reflect on Srebrenica and its commemoration? What is the public attitude and how are the leading politicians using Srebrenica in their political calculations nowadays? After 20 years of no clear act of reconciliation it is though clear that Serbian as well as Bosnian political leaders need to reconsider their positions, attitudes and approaches.

The Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial and Cemetery for the victims of the 1995 genocide.

We Need to Talk About Srebrenica

We need to talk about Srebrenica. We need to talk about it more often and more loudly, as it seems that people are slow learners. Crimes committed against civilians in numerous states during various conflicts show that humankind continuously fails to learn from history and past mistakes. We need to be reminded of Srebrenica and its tragic lessons and a hope remains that we will slowly know better....

Why We Should Actually Return to 1989

On the occasion of the 24th birthday of Slovenia, Tamara looks back at the evolution of her country. The revolutionary spirit of the beginning has vanished, corruption and failing social system dominate everyday life and throw shadow on today’s national holiday –  a high time for a reset!

Where do I belong to? The issue of identity of war children in post-war societies

The first victims in every war are the children. Milena, a 28 year old student from Serbia, is interested in the long shadows of World War II on people who had experiences it being young. From the panelists of a Remembrance Day in Berlin she wanted to know: What could it mean for a war-child to be claimed, integrated, ignored or made silent in post-war societies? “In the social jungle of hum...

East Germany’s secret police files – who owns the past?

June 2014: the Koerber Foundation and the The Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic invited 36 winners of the German Federal President’s History Competiton to learn about the lives of young people who were targeted by the secret police, to visit the archives, talk to contemporary witnesses and, last but not least, intervie...