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EUSTORY promotes a multi-faceted approach to commemoration and cross-border engagement while strengthening a dialogue about fundamental questions of European history.

EUSTORY connects civil society organisations from over 20 countries in Europe and beyond which conduct national history competitions.

With its activities, EUSTORY promotes a critical approach towards European history while actively involving young Europeans to shape a common commemoration culture.

“Understanding Differences - Overcoming Divisions”

History Competitions

History divides and connects. By today, more than 20 national history competitions from the EUSTORY Network encouraged more than 252,000 students to conduct research about their local and family history along the lines of the German history competition. With this, they dive into aspects of the past that cannot be found in history text books.

Actively Shaping Commemoration

With their research, that sometimes also sheds a light on yet unknown or repressed history, young people contribute to a culture of commemoration in their home countries. At the same time, they can use the newly acquired skills to critically question the public approach towards history.

International Youth Activities

The winners of the national competitions use history as a laboratory for international understanding during cross-border EUSTORY Summits. With additional digital projects and an English blog on history and identity, EUSTORY further promotes a well reflected culture of commemoration and fosters international dialogue.

Exchange of Expertise in Europe

Since 2001, Körber-Stiftung is initiating and strengthening independent national history competitions in Europe and neighbouring countries. Through annual conferences, the matching of international partners or the support of members’ fundraising strategies, EUSTORY reinforces the commitment of its members to peace and international understanding.

“We believe that listening to others and telling our stories in an empathetic manner makes them understandable for people from diverse backgrounds and helps building a peaceful coexistence.”

EUSTORY Mission Statement


Our EUSTORY Activities

Latest News

Iberian History Competition Closes With a Deep Dive Into Institutional History

Students from Spain, Portugal, and Chile received awards for their work on the history of institutions in the 16th Iberian History Competition.

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Podcast (German)

Geschichte ist Gegenwart! Der History & Politics Podcast der Körber-Stiftung

Podcast Geschichte ist Gegenwart! Der History & Politics Podcast der Körber-Stiftung

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Polen und Europa seit 1989 Episode #55 30. May 2023

Wir sprechen mit Basil Kerski, dem Direktor des europäischen Solidarność Zentrums in Danzig, über das komplexe Verhältnis von Polen und Europa in den letzten Jahrzehnten.

In den 1980er Jahren haben viele Länder in West- wie Osteuropa den erfolgreichen Kampf für Freiheit und Demokratie in Polen bewundert. Heute berufen sich ganz unterschiedliche Parteien und Aktivist:innen auf das Erbe der Solidarność-Bewegung. Wie relevant ist die Geschichte der polnischen Protestbewegung heute? Und wie passt das eigentlich zusammen: der damalige, gesellschaftlich breit getragener Kampf Polens für die Demokratie, und die jüngeren Erfolge von rechtkonservativen Parteien in Polen mit ihrer Agenda z.B. der Aushöhlung des Rechtsstaats?

Geschichte ist Gegenwart! Der History & Politics Podcast der Körber-Stiftung

Podcast Geschichte ist Gegenwart! Der History & Politics Podcast der Körber-Stiftung

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Aktivist:innen in Russland: Zwischen Untergrund und Friedensnobelpreis Episode #43 6. Dec 2022

Activists in Russia between Concealed Resistance and the Nobel Peace Prize (German)
The desire to enlighten and learn from history is a common thread running through the life and commitment of Irina Scherbakowa and her colleagues. Irina Scherbakova has been the face of the “other Russia” in Germany, not only since the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Russian human rights organization MEMORIAL International, which has since been liquidated in its own country. How does she look back on the founding years, and what are the challenges after the ban of the organization in Russia and the start of the Russian war against Ukraine?


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Programme Director

Caroline Finkeldey

Programme Manager

Melina Heinze

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