The sharepoint for young debates on history and identity

Year: 2013

7777 – From Ravensbrück to Kristianstad: Traces of History

Author: Fanny Jonsson Country: Sweden Competition Topic: “(E) MIGRATION – Emigration and immigration in a local perspective” (2011/2013) Research Title: “From Ravensbrück to Kristianstad.” (2013) Fanny has been learning a lot about WWII in school. So much, in fact, that she believes it has made her and many others feel numb about the topic. In order to fight that numbness, she decided to look at the fate of prisoners of Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp. Ever since she was a child, her grandma has been telling her about three women who stayed with her family after WWII. All of the three women were survivors of the concentration camp Ravensbrück in Germany. They came to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark by way of the white busses that the Red Cross organis...Read More

“History is not about facts, but about people.” Talking with Zuzana from Slovakia

Name: Zuzana Jungerová Age: 23 Hometown: Spišská Nová Ves Country: Slovakia Current country of residence/study: Slovakia EUSTORY experiences: Youth Academy Berlin 2007,  Alumni Seminar Minsk 2010 (Chernobyl), Alumni Workshop Berlin 2011 (Chernobyl), Alumni Workshop: Desire for Freedom Berlin 2013 Actual occupation/studies: European studies – final year (5th) Zuzana is one of those people you are just amazed by. First of all, when you are in company with her, you will certainly have a good laugh, mostly due to Zuzana’s witty comments and observations. Since intelligence is somehow a prerequisite of a good sense of humour it is obvious that Zuzana has that too. After taking part in four Eustory activities since 2007 she perceives and defines Eustory as “a way to express myself and share the ...Read More

Rapping citizens

The alternative and artistic environment of our hostel in Metelkova inspired our participants to deal with the topic of minorities and borders in a different way…

You can leave your map on

Among many other interesting  – and before unexperienced – challenges, our participants also took the roles of geography/history lecturers, who presented shifts in the borders of their countries as well as the reasons, causes and the consequences created by changing the borders. Our national border experts contributed to our knowledge and awareness about the meaning and influence of state borders. We realised how third-party’s (usually the war-winners) decisions about the size and shape of the losing states can cause severe consequences for the people living in territories. Nationalities changed, homes were lost, families separated… Once great and extensive multinational empires slowly shrank in the course of history and new nation states were created. People living...Read More

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

DAY 6: CREATIVITY REACHING ITS PEAK

Our Eustory youth academy in Ljubljana is ending. We only have few hours together left before we all leave to airports and departure towards our home-countries. However, it is important to emphasise what a wonderful last working day we have spent today. We started our day with the last round of playing toasters, islands, washing machines, elephants and street lamps – a game that no Eustorian ever forgets. After a warm-up, we did a serious exercise with our brains, when we participated in a heated exchange of opinions and positions on very controversial statements concerning the issue of minorities. The strength of our agreement or disagreement with the statements was expressed with us moving from one part of the room to the other – from agreeing part to the disagreeing one or b...Read More

DAY 5: Overwhelming expectations

At 7.30, after a really long night our Bojan was already waiting for us to go to Trieste, on the Italian side of the border. After a bus ride that nobody remembers, because everybody was sleeping, we walked in the rain to a Slovenian school. There, four girls with dual citizenships showed us the condition of Slovenian minority in Italy. We had the chance to speak with members of an actual minority, so they had to answer many of our questions, often very personal. They were asked if they ever felt discriminated and to which side of the border do they belong. Then we went to hear a lecture about the history of Slovenian National House in Trieste, an important building for the Slovenians and their culture. We were all really amazed after we learned so much from a Slovenian historian who told ...Read More

DAY 4: Let’s sail to the future together: Simulation in the city of Sleepyville

We started our fourth day very positively, since we had some sweet and necessary sleep after spending the night before eating a huge amount of sweets coming from different European countries (it would be impolite not to try at least one from each country). Our group of 23 young people is still enjoying the work, the excursions, the Slovenian atmosphere and the opportunity of getting to know each others’ nationality better and better. During our first group work and the following presentations of heated and interesting discussions in smaller groups today, we realized that for each and every one of us, nationality means something very different. For some of us it isn’t very important, others think it is a predominant factor that is truly a great part of who they are. We connected these...Read More

DAY 3: The prison report and development of Eustorian democracy in Slovenia

Today some strange noises were heard at the heart of Ljubljana. Hawaiian music, toaster and mixer sounds, elephant trumpets. The only words, which reached us, were “Oh, James”. A reliable source of information revealed that the suspects were young historians from many European countries. They were accused of enjoying while studying a very serious subject. An expert jury found them guilty and sentenced them to one week of prison in the Celica Hostel. It was discovered that it was not their first attempt to break the strict rules of the studying process. They have been doing it for the whole week in Slovenia and only today their guilt was proven. A thorough investigation showed that the verdict is fair. We are going to describe you what our super-modern devices recorded on the third day of t...Read More

DAY 2: Into the Wild, crossing borders

When the alarms rang at 6:30 a.m., we were drowsy and still unaware that we would return to Celica Hostel twelve hours later with a new perspective on the Slovenian borders, minorities and history. But after a few cups of coffee, we were ready for a day in the name of exploration and expedition! From the bus on our way to the first destination, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, we embraced the stunning Slovenian mountains, rivers and fields, and Bojan Balkovec provided us with a good dose of historical facts and anecdotes. As Danes were not used to the great mountains and crystal blue streams, so our noses were pressed against the bus windows during the entire ride. The drive concluded with steep, narrow roads on the mountain sides, which required us to trust the driver with our lives. E...Read More