Borderlife

Migration: An over-national responsibility

Calais and Lampedusa have become synonyms for the tragedy of refugees trying to make their way to Europe. Italy, having to deal with the greatest numbers of refugee arrivals, cannot cope with the situation on its own. Camilla Crovella, a young Italian, calls for solidarity and a comprehensive reform of the European approach to refugees.

European opportunity gone wrong: Polish troops in Germany?!

Have you ever heard of a Polish occupation zone in Germany after WWII? Gregor Christiansmeyer tells the story of the town Haren an der Ems in Western Germany, which used to be the center for a Polish administration after WWII 1945-48. This story of a vivid cultural community of Polish exiles is connoted by misunderstandings and the lack of communication – yet another lost opportunity for a peaceful dialogue in Europe?  

Identity – the magic word of our days?

Approximately seventy guests attended the opening of the #balticeye exhibition on 29 January, 2015 on the premises of the European Commission / Directorate-General for Regional Policy. #balticeye displays visual impressions by young Europeans on history and identity. Maria Zatoplyaeva (18) from Kaliningrad/Russian Federation contributed several exhibits to it. For History Campus she explains why in her eyes identity is nothing you could explain in one sentence. 

„No freedom without solidarity“ – Impressions of a German student from a multinational celebration ceremony in Poland

On June 4th, 2014, the Presidents of Germany, Poland, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Hungary commemorated the start of the Peaceful Revolutions in Eastern Europe twenty-five years ago. Twenty-five university students born in the year 1989 were invited to attend the event in Warsaw. Sarah Grandke, who won several awards in the German History Competition and participated in award winners’ academies, had the opportunity to accompany German Federal President Joachim Gauck on his visit to Poland as she was recommended by the Körber Foundation. Read more about Sarah’s experiences and impressions in Warsaw.

All of a sudden, the homeland was gone – the legacy of World War I for Slovenia

In connection with the HistoryCampus Europe 14/14 in Berlin, young Europeans from 40 different countries dealt with the legacy of the Great War for their countries and for themselves. Tamara Čakič from Slovenia wanted to dig deeper into the consequences of WW I for her homecountry and interviewed Bojan Balkovec, professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana and at the same time one of the organizers of the Slovenian EUSTORY competition. They spoke about the war, its influence on Slovenia and the Slovenians as well as its current perception in society and in Slovenian history teaching. Bojan Balkovec particularly highlighted the importance of historical sights and monuments for educational purposes. Both of them were able to deepen their exchange during the HistoryCam...[Read More]

Shifting borders – changing lives

2014 marks the Centenary of the First World War, a war that changed Europe as it was and had huge consequences for millions of people. Once great and extensive multinational empires slowly shrank in the course of history and new nation states were created. People living on the very same territory sometimes changed their citizenships multiple times due to the often changing border-lines. Some decided to stay and accept their new citizenship, while others decided to migrate; to follow the sometimes very elusive border-line in order to once again live inside the borders of that country, which represents the fundamental part of their national identity. In preparation of the centenary young Europeans met during seminars in Finland, Spain and Slovenia and discussed the consequences of WWI for th...[Read More]

“I have the feeling that certain borders and boundaries, that were torn down in history are being built again”, Tamara about feeling European in times of crisis and her idea of a united Europe

Name: Tamara Čakić Age: 22 Hometown: Maribor Country: Slovenia EUSTORY experiences: Berlin 2009, Minsk 2010, Internet seminar – Chernobyl 2010/11, Berlin 2011, Madrid 2011. Actual occupation/studies: 4th year of International Relations As most of the Eustory alumni, Tamara loves traveling and knowing different cultures and now she is living one of her dreams moving to Prague for one semester (Erasmus exchange). Actually, as she says, “One of the reasons that encouraged me to aim at studying abroad was Eustory and the experience of the different academies. It showed me that living and working in a foreign environment prevents you from becoming ‘lazy’ and ‘settled’ in the very well-known and cozy domestic environment – it challenges you in a very positive manner.  It makes you work and think...[Read More]