Children of War

Where Were You When… the war in Ukraine began?

The conflict between Ukraine and Russia is back on the international agenda. We are looking back to the beginnings: Voices of young Ukrainians directly affected by war.

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

”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

”That is the great void that affected me throughout my entire childhood.”

Michaela Vidláková did not have the childhood you would wish to have. She and her parents were imprisoned in Terezín (Theresienstadt), because they were Jews. They were lucky; the three of them survived, but exclusion and internment strongly shaped Michaela’s

Young Impressions: A European Remembrance Day on Children of War

How did three young Europeans from Austria, Serbia and Germany experience the event at the German Historical Museum in Berlin on May 4th? Read their personal approaches in dealing with the historical legacy of parentlessness, expulsion and war atrocities suffered

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

Who am I? – Considerations after a Remembrance Day

While participating in a Remembrance Day on the occasion of the end of WW II, which focused especially on the topic of ‘childhood in war’, a 20 year old student finds himself personally and emotionally involved, pondering: Am I a

Pig-potatoes and new homes – children of war shared their stories in Berlin

Gregor, a 18 year old history student from Germany, attended the Remembrance Day “Children of War in Europe” at the German Historical Museum in Berlin on May 4th 2015. He caught the day’s atmosphere – and found inspiration for talking

Hilda’s voyage: An amazing trip during Second World War?!

Since months the fate of thousands of refugees on boats calls for a European solution. How different the fate of a refugee on a boat could turn out reveals Hilda Ketels. As a twelve-year-old she escaped the German invasion of

Nice, quiet and hardworking children of war – the legacy of war lives in Finland

  One lifetime has passed since the end of World War II. During the war, Finland was fighting wars of its own against the Soviet Union, first in 1939–1940 and then in 1941–1944. This interview with researcher Jenni Kirves shows