Children of War in Europe
Online Project with integrated History Camp in Berlin
Children of War in Europe was an Online Project with an integrated History Camp in Berlin, Germany. The Online Project lasted from April to September 2015; the History Camp in Berlin took place from 6 to 12 August 2015. 20 participants from 14 different European countries took part in the project.
War Childrens’ perspectives as a new approach to European history
70 years after WW II, only few eyewitnesses are still alive. Most of them experienced WW II as children. What did they experience and how did they cope with their often traumatic past? And why are not all of their fates anchored in the collective memory of their countries?
The project focused on consequences of warfare on children as much as on the way fates of War Children were perceived in the post-conflict societies. The project’s main objective was to research individual fates, to put their individual experiences in the context of different national discourses in Europe and to discuss what might be learnt from their biographies for today. Click here to view the project’s announcement.
How was the project organised?
The Online Project took place on the History Campus platform. Participants had their own group with a forum, a newsfeed and a document’s section. Here, participants were given research-tasks (Riddles) on a regular basis and were provided with information, news and literature related to the project and the topic of children of war. In addition to the forum, there were two webinars offered in the course of the project.
In preparation for the History Camp in Berlin, participants worked in ten groups of two. Each of those binational tandems chose a topic, which each participant researched from his home-country’s point of view. In Berlin, participants met face to face for the first time, put together their results and reflected on their experiences. The Tandem’s results were published on the History Campus.
The Children of War in Europe Online Project was initiated and financed by the Körber Foundation. Operating partner was the Agency for Historical, Civic and Media Education, Berlin.