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Heritage & Identity

Understanding History and Experiencing the Past

In early summer the third Körber History Forum (KHF) took place in Berlin, Germany. It brought together 200 leading actors from politics, science and public life, intellectuals and opinion leaders from Germany, Europe, and the Middle East. Our author Linn Kreutschmann shares her impressions and thoughts while attending it, reflecting on how the reception of history changes if you have a personal connection to it.

Music in the service of patriotism: Can songs divide us?

“Music unites people of different cultural backgrounds” is a phrase that one can often hear in speeches. Yes, music connects people. It can enrich a person and provide confidence, motivation and a sense of belonging. But what happens if you combine songs, collective memory and national identity? Milena from Serbia describes how the question about patriotism and music can lit up a burning discussion.

Ignorance or just a different perspective?

27th of January. International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The art project YOLOCAUST animates to further thoughts. In the following comment, Gregor describes his thoughts about it.  If you have different thoughts or opinions, please share them with us.

United in Diversity? Identities in Europe

The concept of »identity« is difficult to grasp. Nevertheless, 25 young Europeans tried to approach this complex term during EUSTORY’s History Camp »United or Divided in Diversity? National Identities in Europe« in Tbilisi, Georgia (2 – 8 October 2016). The students sounded out common grounds as well as contrary convictions when discussing their understanding of »identity«. However, they all agreed that continuing a dialogue about these varying conceptions is of the utmost importance. Because in the end, »(…) the diversity is what unites us«, states Elīna Jātniece (18) from Latvia. Find out how six participants of the History Camp in Tbilisi have approached their own identity.

Kaliningrad: A model region?

Citizens of the Russian exclave Kaliningrad make a special case in the Russian-Polish relationship. Paulina Siegień regularly crosses the border between these two worlds, working for the local media in Kaliningrad, as well as in Gdansk on the Polish side. She spoke to young Europeans from the EUSTORY network about the current tensions between the two countries and their impact on the region.

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.

Memory Suitcase: One Rosary, Two Memories

How does the religious object of a rosary become a symbol of an emancipated woman before it develops to a symbol of eternal family love for a young history student? Find out about the latest item in the MEMORY SUITCASE!

Memory Suitcase: Tunes with a Story

Do you know the proverb “The heavier the luggage the easier the journey”? Anna’s family moved several times, at times accompanied by the piano of her mother. So what’s the piano’s story and how does it relate to the mother’s super powers – hearing the hidden notes and making a drawing come to life? Find out about a new thing in our MEMORY SUITCASE

Memory Suitcase: Unity in the Hat

A bit of uniforms here, a pinch of ideology there and abracadabra – that’s how youngsters are often charmed into a common ideology. But Tamara can look thorough its surface and still pull a virtue out of the ideology hat. See our first MEMORY SUITCASE item!