The sharepoint for young debates on history and identity

@work

Editors’ Diary. Some days in the life of a History Campus-Editor

Every December, the History Campus is calling for new members of its Editors Group. You want to know what the work of a History Campus-Editor looks like? Gregor, Editor since 2015, gives some insights into a typical month of an Editor. In case of any questions do not hesitate to comment below!

Controversy of the monument

We often hear about the clash of political regimes, be it either in historical movies, documentaries, books or in lectures. Visiting Budapest as participants of the EUSTORY History Camp, we learnt that the city offers a special manifestation of that clash represented with a monument and its location.

What if… you woke up 30 years ago in a communist regime?

The young participants of our last History Camp came up with yet another interesting question on their backpacking tour through the three out of four Visegrad states. Namely, they wondered about people’s reaction to the following situation: “What if… you woke up 30 years ago in a communist regime? How would you react?”

Budapest: a beauty with the dark past

As participants of one of the most recent History Camps observed, and as Vida writes here, Budapest is a lovely European city. There is a nice square with water fountains, and behind them there is the stunning architecture of the Hungarian parliament. However, even the now beautiful places often have its much more gloomy past. Have a look at what kind of past hides the parliament in Budapest.

The Moral Compass

With freedom of press endangered in many parts of Europe and the work of independent journalists becoming harder and harder we wanted to know first hand what it is like to work as a journalist with an interest in human rights and female empowerment in today’s Poland. Five of our young journalists met Iwona Reichard, Deputy Editor and Lead Translator of the New Eastern Europe in Gdańsk and talked with her about the media landscape in Poland and journalistic values/ethics.

Where were you when… the troops of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968?

The 27th anniversary of the beginning of the Velvet Revolution in then Czechoslovakia on 17 November 1998 brings back memories of a less peaceful uprising in 1968. Reconsidering the past, young Europeans have been asking to the people on Pragues streets: Where were you when the troops of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia on 21 August 1968?

If you could bring back one item from the times of Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (CSSR) what would it be and why?

However unpleasant the circumstances, there will always be people who would be proponents of the past, whatever the regime or the political system at that time. This seems to be the case especially in post-communist countries, for which the transition into a democracy does not always go smoothly. In light of this, during our trip to the Czech Republic, we asked citizens of Prague the question:‘If you could bring back one item from the times of Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (CSSR) what would it be and why?’ in the hope of creating a memory suitcase, which offers a look back at the past through the eyes of ordinary people.

@work in Tbilisi: Discovering differences and similarities

What are the best ways to deal with identity and nationalism in Europe? During the History Camp in Georgia, 25 participants from 16 different countries gathered in Tbilisi to exchange their ideas on nationalism and European identities. Furthermore they presented their findings on personal and regional history.

@work in Gdansk, day 8: Time to say goodbye

History Campers’ backpacking or rather suitcase-dragging tour from Budapest, through Prague and up (literally) to Gdansk came to an end. Read what they did on their last day, how they re-energized and how they finished the History Camp.

@work in Gdansk, day 7: Switching the roles – interviewing the usual interviewers

On their second day in Gdansk, our participants realized that the “Backpacking Višegrad” History Camp is slowly coming to an end. Saddened by this fact, but highly motivated, they began their day that promised interviews, media archives, a library… and ended with a very unique public performance.

@work in Gdansk, day 6: Learning about solidarity and bloody pacifications of protests

Wednesday is the day for starting a new, this time Polish, adventure in the city of Gdansk. The first day in Gdansk included four interesting and inspiring interviews, a visit to the Solidarity centre’s library and their archive, where our participants looked at, touched and explored the leaflets, posters and other interesting documents, produced by the Solidarnosc movement.

@work between Prague and Gdansk, Day 5: On the trace of social movements and people’s uprisings

After two days in Prague our history “campers” felt the need to move again. This time they followed the traces of social movements and people’s uprisings to the north and ended in the city of Gdansk. How they spent and finished their second day in Prague and how they entertained themselves on their trip is presented in today’s blog entry – check it out!