The sharepoint for young debates on history and identity

Year: 2015

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 us!

Not an ordinary grandma – Part two

Talking to average and ordinary people is boring? Andreyan from Bulgaria tells about the metamorphosis of his attitude after meeting a 70 years old women from a polish village.

Not an ordinary grandma

Talking to average and ordinary people is boring? Andreyan from Bulgaria tells about the metamorphosis of his attitude after meeting a 70 years old women from a polish village.

Kings of War and Servants of Peace

  Hundreds of thousands of refugees have passed through Serbia this year. Two Serbian activists, the Kontrapress journalist Žarka Radoja (40) and the psychologist and therapist Ana Perović (27) tell about their first-hand encounters with refugees on wheel chairs and everyday work…  

1989 – (R)evolution, its parents and its children

Milan Vukašinović 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 and those whom they created it for write their personal history together? Children of the revolution?

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!

Review: EXPO Milan – Feeding the Planet, indeed?

The EXPO in Milan wanted to offer solutions, how to feed the planet and have energy for life. Gregor Christiansmeyer visited the fair. Besides being impressed by architecture and atmosphere of the World Fair, he wonders whether it lived up to its own objectives.

After elections in Poland – It is time to turn the watchful gaze inwards

Poland continues the Europe-wide shift to the political right. While election campaigns and public debates focused on fears of outer threats, Oldrich Justa from Poland, is concerned with the homogeneity of the country. Find out why…

China’s right and wrong

Our columnist Martin from Bulgaria is continuing his research of the Asian continent and culture. Check out his newest column inspired by his stay in China.

Podcast – Children of the War in Serbia

How do children experience war? And how do they remember it once they are grown up? What do they associate with keywords such as father, toys, friends or sports? Could childish naivety be a blessing? Andjela and Milena from Belgrade, Serbia discussed everyday life and their experiences during the bombing of Belgrade in 1999, at the age of six and twelve years. Listen to their conversation and find out about two very personal stories reflecting the bombing.

”I was always hungry” – an interview with a witness of WWII

Johann was 15 when his hometown Würzburg in Germany was bombed in 1945. He survived the bombings and the hunger following them. He got to know the truth about the Nazi regime only long after the war and still finds it hard to comprehend that such crimes happened in Germany. For today’s young Europeans Johann has a clear message: Take the chance you have today to build a real European Union.

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.