The iconic year of 2018 brought about many historic occasions to reflect the history of war and peace in Europe: It has been, for example, 10 years since the declaration of independence of Kosovo and the Georgian-Russian armed conflict, 50 years since the Prague Spring and the students’ movements in Europe, 100 years since the end of World War I and 400 years since the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War.
EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2018
»Making Peace with History«
From 14 to 19 November 2018, the Körber Foundation together with its partners organised the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit in Berlin to focus on the processes of making, negotiating and maintaining peace in Europe. The EUSTORY Summit gave 120 young people from Europe and beyond the opportunity to dive into and explore history together with experts from the field of academia, journalism, education and arts.
Thus, they shared their perspectives on the past and experience that history does not only divide us, but can also serve as a starting point for international understanding. On this page you can find results, impressions and insights into the EUSTORY Summit 2018 »Making Peace with History«.
Youth for Peace
The participants of the EUSTORY Summit 2018 took part in a special Opening Event. On Wednesday, 14 November, the Körber Foundation and the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) organised the joint event »Youth for Peace«. It served as Opening Ceremony for the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2018 »Making Peace with History« as well as for the international youth meeting »Youth for Peace – 100 Years After World War I, 100 Ideas for Peace« of the FGYO and partners.
The event at the Bolle Festsäle in Berlin brought together 750 participants and guests of both youth events and their manifold partners. It was under the patronage of the German Federal Foreign Office and the French Mission du Centenaire.
Panelists of the Opening Ceremony
Jean-Marc Ayrault is a French politician who served as Prime Minister of France from 2012 to 2014. In the years 2016 and 2017 he was appointed as French Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Afua Hirsch is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. Born to a father with Jewish German heritage and a Ghanaian mother, she has long explored issues of identity, race and belonging, which she expressed in her 2018 bestselling book »BRIT(ish)«.
Anete Kalniņa holds a Bachelor’s degree in law. As a prize winner of the Latvian History Competition and EUSTORY Alumna she participated in the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2018 »Making Peace with History«.
Sönke Neitzel is a German historian who specialises in the history of war, especially in the First and Second World Wars. He is currently working as Professor of Military History at the University of Potsdam.
Julius Niewisch is one of the Institut Français d’Allemagne’s young Peace Ambassadors. He participated in the youth encounter »Youth for Peace – 100 Years After World War I, 100 Ideas for Peace« organised by the Franco-German Youth Office and partners.
Jasmila Žbanić is a Bosnian film director and screenwriter who writes and produces awarded documentaries, video artworks, and short films, many of them coping with fates of people from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I was a little bit worried about the presence of Russians at the Summit (because of the war). But they appeared to be really cool and broad-minded. We are close friends now. It gives me hope for finding a solution to the conflict.
Now I understand that we are all more similar than I thought. Furthermore, speaking to people from Israel or Ukraine made me understand the lives of people whose countries are at war better and see how they have to suffer daily due to the war.
I do not have the words to express it all: Everything was amazing from the working process to the final workshop results and the introduction to new people and their traditions! I will never forget this time.
It was very interesting for me to see parallels between the concepts of peace and the events of different eras in the view of modern youth from different parts of Europe.
It was such a great experience for me! I gained plenty of different skills in my workshop (such as analyzing or retelling) and got to communicate with young people from all over the world.
My personal highlight of the summit was the workshop. The discussing in the workshop helped us to get to know each other better and express our thoughts and minds through debating.
Photos: © Körber-Stiftung
We wanted to know and share with others how the EUSTORY Summit participants as young people see Europe today. They visualised their thoughts on the current state of Europe: Which regions are familiar to them, do they see any division lines or gaps, and which are the unknown parts waiting to be explored by them? The participants got creative and used a kit of craft materials to visualise their interpretation of the state of Europe for their peers!
EUSTORY Summit Participants on the Value of Europe
Presentation of the EUSTORY Summit 2018 workshop results
Photos: © Körber-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer
On Sunday, 18 November, the Summit participants took over the stage of the »Alte Börse Marzahn«! Everyone assembled for the highlight of the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2018: The presentation of the workshop results.
All workshops were invited to work on ideas how they wanted to present relevant findings and to introduce some of their workshop results to the Summit audience. The presentations ranged from short films to a live rap performance – creating an inspiring stage program! All detailed workshop results can be found in the workshop documentation.
Live Impressions and Insights
The Joint Project “History Competitions in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine” run by
For the Opening Event