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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.

”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 attitude towards life. Haris Huremagić had the chance for an interview.

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 by children during the Second World War and their view on how this legacy and war-children’s experiences are still relevant today. Milena compared legacies of war children’s experiences in post-war societies in Europe and asked herself: “Why were war children claimed, integrated, ignored or made silent?” Read her article “Where do I belong to? The issue of identity of war children” Gregor caught the day’s atmosphere – and found inspiration for starting his own cross-generational dialogues: “Pig-potatoes and new homes – children of...[Read More]

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 child of war myself and why is this label so important?

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 with strangers about their childhood memories 70 years after the end of World War II.

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 Belgium in 1940 on the passenger and cargo ship SS Albertville. She told her story to our author Thomas Dirven 74 years later.