Action 4 - Educational activities

Activity 4: Presentation of the virtual product and local workshops – May-August 2018

Goal:  

Presenting the virtual product and test of the design and its functionality, overall system integration on the internet platform – http://urbancovery.eu. The conducted local workshops – get the young people acquainted with the history 1919-1939, through discussions, presentations, talks with historians, visits of sights – museums, monuments – closely related to the two World Wars.

Implementation:

Throughout this activity, we have created the final product from the project – virtual guide www.urbanrecovery.eu. The platform includes 100 objects from 7 states. Each object is represented through visual reconstruction showing its past and present state. Each object is described with a short story about a related historic event. Local activities for presentation of the project, the virtual platform and “Europe for Citizens” Program were conducted. More than 245 direct participants were included and presently the virtual platform is visited by more than 11 000 indirect consumers.

Results:

  • Created an educational interactive product (tour guide);
  • 100 historical sights included from 7 countries;
  • 7 local/national workshops conducted;
  • A new innovative way for attracting young people was created;
  • Different target groups were provoked to work together;
  • 245 direct participants.

Virtual platform: www.urbanrecovery.eu


Bulgaria

On 17-18.08.2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria was held a national workshop with the participation of 38 young people from Bulgaria. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce young people to the history and events in Bulgaria after the end of the First World War and the subsequent events until 1939. The additional purpose of the meeting was to provoke young people to explore the impact of these events today and their reflection on modern man. The meeting was opened by Mrs. Hristina Assenova with a presentation of the main historical events of the research period and a discussion on the theme of reflection of these events today. The next session was related to the subject of the Bulgarian society during the war years and the reflection of the October Revolution (1917) on Bulgarian history. Speaker of the session was Lyubomir Lyubenov from ECRC – Bulgaria. The two presentations were followed by a discussion that aimed to provoke the participants to look at the events of the period 1917-1939 from the perspective of modernity. Various informal methods such as “forum theater” were used to understand and insight into the essence of the events, where the young people recreated the events themselves. The following day continued with the presentations: “The Kingdom of Bulgaria and the participation of the country in the Second World War – the role of King Boris III” and the Bulgarian Key in the Balkans – the events in Bulgaria and in the neighboring countries in the period 1940-1941. and contemporary reflections (Speaker Tatiana Vasileva – historian). The participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with specific events, personalities and to discuss the various decisions and choices of the then politicians. Interesting was also the subsequent discussion about the decisions and choices of the contemporary politicians in the context of the events under consideration 100 years ago. The meeting ended with a presentation of the historical buildings under investigation and their rehabilitation (modern appearance). The participants were provoked to recognize objects and buildings themselves.

Materials to download:

    1. Program – Workshop;
    2. Sofia – past and present 1917-1939 – Presentation;
    3. Българското общество през военните години – Presentation;
    4. “Бьлгарският ключ” на Балканите (1940-1941) – Presentation.

 


Germany

Two meetings were held in Germany. The first was related to visits to historic sites in Berlin. On 13.05.2018, 19 young people visited various significant historical sites and learned more about the history and facts surrounding these sites. The young people themselves chose which major objects to include in the virtual map. In the next stage, they will find information, photos and text for these objects themselves. During the tour, they had the opportunity to hear several lectures on specific historical sites, as well as reflecting on the events between the two worlds, 18 students took part. During this day the participants had the opportunity to hear further information during the Weimar Republic (1917) and the end of democracy (1939). On 06.06.2018 the second part of the activity took place. During the day, students had the opportunity to get acquainted with chronology and an overview of events in the period 1917-1939, events after the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Weimar Republic. The next session was related to the end of democracy in Germany and the start of the Nazi regime. The second part of the day was related to the presentation of the main historical sites in Berlin – history, facts, personalities related to these sites. The participants had the opportunity, on the basis of archival materials, to determine which building is now, what historical event or personality it is related to.


Materials to download:

    1. Program – Workshop;
    2. Deutschland 1917-1945 – Presentation;
    3. Nazi version .PDF;

Hungary

On 24 and 25.08.2018, a local meeting/workshop was held in Hungary with the participation of 28 citizens, young people, experts. The meeting started with the presentation of the project and its objectives, as well as the results to date. The first topic of the meeting was the reflection of the main events of the period between the two world wars and their reflection today. The lecturer was Janos Palotas. The participants had the opportunity to learn about the main events of this period and to discuss how these events had affected the Hungarian people. The session was followed by a presentation by Tiber Klein – The changing role of foreign capital between the two world wars in Hungary. The purpose of the presentation was to present the historical and economic features of this period and the relationship with culture, architecture, education in Hungary in the period 1917-1939. The afternoon session was related to the historical events of Miklos Horney’s time. Speaker was Janos Palotas. The subject is related to the post-war history of Hungary and the rise of the Hungarian economy and culture after the end of the First World War. The participants met one of the most important historical moments of the country’s early history. The meeting continued with a presentation and discussion on Hungary’s foreign policy and the relations of Hungary with other European countries in the period between the two world wars. The next day continued with the theme of the role of women in Hungary between the two world wars. Session lecturer was Gabor Palotas. The role of women and their participation in education, culture and social life in the country was shown. Exclusive interest sparked the theme of the historical events in pre-war Hungary (before World War II) presented by Tiber Klein. The lecturer presented facts about the terror, violence and the inclusion of Hungary in World War II. The meeting ended with a presentation of the study of historic buildings, places, and personalities that will be presented in the virtual map of the project.

Materials to download:

    1. Program – Workshop;
    2. Hazánk a Két Világháború Között – Presentation;
    3. Nőképek és női szerepek Magyarországon a két világháború között – Presentation;
    4. A magyar külpolitika céljai és kapcsolatai a két világháború között – Presentation;
    5. A külföldi tőke változó szerepe a két világháború között Magyarországon – Presentation;
    6. Magyar javaslatok az erdélyi kérdés rendezésére – Presentation;
    7. Világháború, forradalom, terror, Trianon – Presentation.

 


Latvia

On 1 and 2 September 2018 in Riga, Latvia, a meeting was held – discussion and visits to various historical sites. The meeting started with the presentation of the project, its objectives, activities and expected results. The presentation was made by Mrs Andra Vanaga. The main purpose of the event was to present the chronology of the historical events in Latvia and to introduce young people to the history of the period between the two world wars. The next session was devoted to state institutions and state policy in the period 1917-1939, focusing on culture, education, international relations after the end of the war, and the development of Latvia and the reflection of the October Revolution. The session was followed by a presentation and discussion on the culture of the state in the interwar period and, above all, the presentation of key historical figures and related events. The lecturer was Linda Zlotina. During the second part of the day, the participants had the opportunity to see 15 historic buildings and related events and personalities. The sites surveyed were represented by photo and text material. The participants had the opportunity to observe the change of objects for the last 100 years and to discover and relate the actual event or person themselves. On the next day, they all had the opportunity to visit some of the sites they surveyed. Splendid Palace, Riga People’s House, Brother’s Cemetery were visited. During the tour the participants had the opportunity to learn more about the buildings and the historical facts and events related to them. The total number of the participants – 30 young people.

Materials to download:

  1. Program – Workshops;
  2. Latviešu kultūra – 20-30 gadi – Presentation;
  3. Latvijas valsts un tās institūcijas – 1919 – 1939 gadā – Presentation.

 


Poland

On 06-07.08.2018 national workshops were held in Poronin, Poland. The meeting was attended by 34 citizens and young people. The duration of the meeting was 2 days. The first day the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the goals and activities of the project presented by Mateusz Gorecki. The following sessions continued with a presentation of the chronology of the events in Romania for the period 1919-1939. The participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the main historical events after the end of the First World War, as well as a common history of the historical events in Europe from this period. The session was led by Szymon Maciejewski. The meeting continued with a detailed presentation of the historical significance of the period after the end of the First World War and the post-war period in Poland. The participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the historical events, economic and cultural development of the country between the two world wars. At the end of the working day, participants were able to follow up and discuss the subject of the Silesian uprisings and the years before Hitler’s occupation. All attendees were able to trace in detail the historical events in Poland in the period between the two world wars, to get acquainted with facts, causes and consequences. The next day, the session began with the presentation of 15 historic buildings and the events and personalities associated with them. The participants were offered old pictures and stories, and they had to relate this information to the new vision of the sites. After the presentation, the participants had the opportunity to visit some of the sites and the local history museum. A representative of Jan Kasprowicz Museum also participates in the presentation of the objects.

Materials to download:

  1. Program – Workshop;
  2. Poland 1919-1939 – Presentation;
  3. Powstanie Wielkopolskie 1918-1919 – Presentation;
  4. Ochotnicy wojny 1920 roku – Presentation;
  5. Powstania Śląskie – Presentation.

 


Romania

On 15.05.2018 national workshops were held in Sannicolae Mare, Romania. The meeting was attended by 39 citizens and young people. The first day the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the goals and activities of the project presented by Gheorge Petrus. The following sessions continued with a presentation of the chronology of the events in Romania for the period 1919-1939. The participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the main historical events after the end of the First World War, the signing of the Versaiah treaty and its significance for the history of Romania, as well as a common history of the historical events in Europe from this period. The session was led by Michaela Ewa. The meeting continued with a detailed presentation of the historical significance of the period after the end of the First World War and the post-war period in Romania. The participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the historical events, economic and cultural development of the country between the two world wars. The session was led by Anca Petrus. At the end of the working day, the participants had the opportunity to follow up and discuss the topic of International Tension – political and diplomatic crises before World War II, Romania’s preparation for participation in the war and the implications of inclusion. All attendees were able to trace in detail the historical events in Romania in the period between the two world wars, to get acquainted with facts, causes, and consequences. The next day, the session began with the presentation of 15 historic buildings and the events and personalities associated with them. The participants were offered old pictures and stories, and they had to relate this information to the new vision of the sites. After the presentation, the participants had the opportunity to visit some of the sites and the local history museum. On 01.09.2018 was the second part. The session began with the presentation of 15 historic buildings and the events and personalities associated with them. The participants were offered old pictures and stories, and they had to relate this information to the new vision of the sites. After the presentation, the participants had the opportunity to visit some of the sites and the local history museum.

Materials to download:

  1. Program – Workshop;
  2. Sistemul Versailles-Washington şi noua ordine internaţională – Presentation;
  3. România după primul război mondial – Presentation;
  4. Tensiuni internaţionale şi crize politico-diplomatice – Presentation.

 


Serbia

On March 17, 2018, in Nis, Serbia, 23 young people had the opportunity to participate in an information day and workshop. The participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the historical events in Serbia in the period 1917-1939. Interesting was also the lecture on the assault in the National Assembly of Serbia (1928) and the beginning of the Šestosiječanjska dictatorship; details and historical facts of the life of King Alexander I; the CVETKOVIĆ-MAČEK agreement and a number of other interesting events. Participants were also able to draw up a list of historical buildings and places to be visited and mapped. The participants used this new knowledge, facts and data when visiting the Nish People’s Museum (Division between the World Wars). There they had the opportunity to examine the exhibits, to track the chronology of the events and to identify the exact objects to be explored. On July 19, 2018, 17 young people divided into groups and visited various historical sites in Nis. In this way, they were able to collect the necessary materials – photos, texts, historical references and data to serve as a virtual map of these objects. As a result of the activities, 36 young people from Nis had the opportunity to complete their knowledge, learn new facts from the history of Serbia during the period between the two world wars and at the same time to get acquainted with the surrounding historical and architectural environment; to become aware of and navigate the change of the urban environment from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.

Materials to download:

  1. Program – Workshop;
  2. Почетак Првог светског рата – Presentation;
  3. Prva Jugoslavija 1918-1939 – Presentation.

 


Action 1: Partners meeting
Action 2: Meeting with experts
Action 3: Digitization
Action 5: Public activities
Action 6: Final Conference
Action 7: Dissemination