Halfway Point Reached: How an Online Program Has Become a Pl...

October has become a special month for the participants of the History Begins in the Family project. Over 30 young peopl...
Liudmyla Levcheniuk


This week was a special time for us: an online program within the project “History Begins in the Family” has been launch...
Hanna Veres

Call for young participants from Ukraine for the internation...

Call for Participants for Ukrainian youth for the international project “History begins in the family: Dialogue of Gener...
Hanna Veres

History begins in the family: ...

International project "History begins in the family: Dialogue of generations" to be launched for the third time.
Hanna Veres

Youth encounter in Bergen-Belsen

Photos from the encounter in Bergen-Belsen, Germany, on 18-24 March 2018 of the History begins in the family youth inter...
Oleksa Stasevych

Youth encounter in Bergen-Belsen 18-24 Mar 2018

Impressions of participants of the youth encounter in Bergen-Belsen on 18-24 March 2018, Germany.
Oleksa Stasevych

Semion Gelman

My grandfather survived the siege of Leningrad. After the war he studied Archaeology at the Department of History.
Iryna Simonenko

Zofia Mazur

During World War II many families were forced to resettle and head to the West leaving behind all their belongings. It w...
Ola Makowiecka

Vira Paripsa

The story of survival, an unknown soldier and a family.
Olga Solonenko

Sigrid Henning

I was born on 15.02.1945 during a bomb attack. My mother and the midwife were left alone, because all the other neighbou...
Melina Henning

Rita Althausen

Rita Althausen is the vice-chairwoman of the German-Israeli Society (DIG) and daughter of Oskar Altmann, who survived th...
Philipp Blaich

Oliver Jagolski

My father, Oliver Jagolski, talks about his experiences with coming to terms with the family's history. Yet, despite all...
Natalia Jagolski

Stefaniya Duts

I don’t know where my dad went. He wasn’t at home for almost a week. When German soldiers left the village he came back ...
Marko Basarab

Andrzej Iwan

An interview with my grandfather about his wartime memories.
Wanda Iwan

Christa Maischak

This is an interview to find out and record what happened in my family during World War II.
Theresa Maischak

Stanisław Baszowiecki

My grandfather speaks about his life, the main focus is put on the emigration from Lviv to the Polish Recovered Territor...
Natalia Penar

Stanisław Iwach

The story of Stanisław Iwach and his family that travelled all the way to Wysoka, Poland from the Tarnopol voivodship in...
Martyna Iwach

Edward Szukiel

The interview was conducted by my grandfather and his wife with her father, Edward Szukiel, and then prepared by me.
Aleksandra Peisert

Oleksandr Salun

The winter war became a horrendous test for the military. My grandfather said: "After the Nazi had left the Ukrainian vi...
Oleksandra Vorotilova

Programme in Oldau, 18-24.03.2018

Programme of the youth encounter in Oldau during 18-24 Mаrch 2018.
Oleksa Stasevych

Anna Fokina (Sherdits)

A story of Lidia, a daughter, and Natalia, granddaughter about their mother and grand-mother Anna Fokina, who have been ...
Victoria Oros

Kyrylo Vasylenko

During the WW2 my great-grandfather served on the 2nd Ukrainian Front as a machine gunner of machine gunning company of ...
Vladyslav Kravtsev

Nadiia Loboda

The war began when Nadiia was not even a one year old, but the worst memories are connected with the post-war times, the...
Anton Samoylenko

My impressions after meetings in Oświęcim and Kyiv

2017 is over, it was quite full of events. Thanks to this project I was able to discover new places, meet new interestin...
Vladyslav Kravtsev

Youth encounter in Oświęcim 5-11 Nov 2017

Impressions of participants of the youth encounter in Oświęcim on 5-11 November 2017, Poland.
Oleksa Stasevych

Programme in Kyiv, 15-17.12.2017

Programme of the internal meeting of the Ukrainian group in Kyiv, 15-17 December 2017.
Oleksa Stasevych

Comments on the 2nd encounter in Oświęcim

It’s always nice to see old friends. The moment you first look at someone you can precisely tell how sincere they are, s...
Marko Basarab

Olena Borzenko

My great-granny didn’t know that in February 1943 her sister Motia, all her family including two children - Slavik and V...
Daryna Petrenko

Auschwitz-Birkenau. Visit of the group to the memorial site

On the second project encounter the participants visited memorial places in Oswiecim, Poland.
Oleh Ovcharenko

My impressions from the intermediate meeting in Vinnytsia

My impressions about an intermediate meeting in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, which was taken on 15-17 September 2017.
Vladyslav Kravtsev

A unique quest reveals the history of Lviv during WWII to th...

For the second year in a row participants of an international project “History begins in the family” are taking part in ...
Liudmyla Levcheniuk

Programme in Oświęcim, 5-11.11.2017

Programme of the youth meeting in Oświęcim, Poland, 5-11 Nov 2017.
Oleksa Stasevych

Meeting with Stepan Horechyi (2017)

Meeting with a former activist of the OUN movement in Ukraine, former political prisoner of GULAG, who took part in the ...
Oleksa Stasevych

Comments on the meeting in Vinnytsia

The first interim meeting of the Ukrainian team took place in Vinnytsia. The goal was to discuss the questions we might ...
Daryna Petrenko

Youth meeting in Vinnytsia

Photos from the internal meeting of the Ukrainian team in Vinnytsia on 15-17 September 2017 of the History begins in the...
Oleksa Stasevych

Volodymyr Poznyar

In 1941-1943 my grandfather was a minor prisoner of a Nazi ghetto in Domanivka, Novobohdanivka (Odesa region). He is a s...
Yuliia Bezzubko

Historical quest "Lviv on the map of memory about the Second...

The history of Lviv during World War II can be discovered interactively. Experts have developed a unique quest and youth...
Liudmyla Levcheniuk

Youth encounter in Lviv 3-9 July 2017

Interviews with participants of the first youth encounter of the History begins in the family project, 3-9 July 2017 in ...
Oleksa Stasevych

"History begins in the family..." Polish-German-Ukrainian yo...

The international non-governmental organisation Foundations for Freedom (Ukraine), the International Youth Meeting Centr...
Elżbieta Pasternak

Programme in Vinnytsia, 15-17.09.2017

Oleksa Stasevych

Reflections after the first session of the History begins in...

I would like to share my impressions from the participation in the international project “History begins in the family” ...
Vladyslav Kravtsev

First Meeting in Lviv: Review

After an quite exhausting trip from Hannover (GER) to Lviv, our week in Ukraine had finally started. First off, I have t...
Natalia Jagolski

My reflections after the first session in Lviv

History begins in the family is an international youth project that has revealed not only the truth but was also the rea...
Daryna Petrenko

Feedback about the first session of the History begins in th...

Every time you enter different projects you are scrolling through all possible scenarios in your head, tuning yourself o...
Marko Basarab

Youth encounter in Lviv

Photos from the Lviv encounter on 3-9 July 2017 of the History begins in the family youth international project 2017-201...
Oleksa Stasevych

Meeting with Stepan Horechyi

On 7th July 2017 participants met with Mr. Stepan Horechyi, who was an OUN activis in times of the WW2. After the end of...
Oleksa Stasevych

Historical quest in Lviv 2017

Oleksa Stasevych

Post-truth and post-morality: How do we define the impact of...

Presentation by Oleh Ovcharenko during the Lviv encounter, 2017.
Oleksa Stasevych


Biography of a former Soviet prisoner who took part and collaborated with the OUN in times of the WW2.
Oleksa Stasevych

Programme in Lviv 3-9.07.2017

Programme of the project activities in Lviv, Ukraine, during 3-9 July 2017.
Oleksa Stasevych

Meeting with Mrs. Yaroslava Melnychuk

Oleksa Stasevych

History begins in the family. Youth encounter in Lviv

Oleksa Stasevych

Historical quest through the WWII memory places in Lviv

Oleksa Stasevych

History begins in the family. ...

Some day everything comes to an end. Sometimes that's not bad, but sometimes not quite pleasant and feels much too soon.
Elżbieta Pasternak

Photos from the encounter in Lviv, 19-25.03.2016

Oleksa Stasevych

History begins in the family. Youth encounter in Oświęcim

Oleksa Stasevych

Yaroslava Melnychuk (Polyuha)

Oleksa Stasevych

Rozalia Graboń

The story of my great-grandmother taught me how important faith in people is.
Jakub Gomółka

Programme in Lviv 19-25.03.2016

Programme of the project activities in Lviv, Ukraine, during 19-25 March 2016
Oleksa Stasevych

Stefania Jasińska

“Get out of here!” For the journey from Osiek to Grojec we were given one carriage for two families. We weren’t allowed ...
Aleksandra Płonka

Karl Juesten

Karl Juesten was born in West Germany. After he graduated school with 17 years, he was conscripted to the German army. F...
Philipp Jüsten

Józef Boba

Memories of the past Interview with Józef Boba
Barbara Boba

Meeting with Mrs. Zofia Posmysz

Oleksa Stasevych

Hans-Jürgen Symanski

I interviewed my grandfather who escaped from East Prussia to West Germany. He told me about his memories of the time be...
Helena Pünjer

Krystyna Środa

My interview with Krystyna Środa about life in the countryside during World War II and her childhood memories.
Grzegorz Rusek

Zofia Listosz

Zofia Listosz was born in 1951, after the end of the war. In the interview, she spoke about the difficult life under the...
Dominika Pituła

Pavlo Levytskyi

Pavlo Levytskyi tells about the shooting of Jewish people in his village, his childhood during the World War II and his ...
Yulia Levytska

Barbara Mudyna

I remember the moment we passed from the Russian to the German side, because the Germans had taken part of Poland as wel...
Jakub Kamieniarz

Dariia Zavoiska

The war killed and scattered many Ukrainians all over the world among whom the relatives of Mrs. Dariia Zavoiska appeare...
Roman Zvarych

Emilia Kowalska

An interview with my grandmother Emilia, my closest relative who can remember the war and tell me about it.
Łukasz Kowalski

Oleh Pavlish

Mykola Pavlish wrote a story of his life in five school notebooks. His parents found these diaries in the old grandfathe...
Valeriia Pavlish

Volodymyr Zalevskyi

Volodymyr Zalevskyi tells his grandfather’s story, who took part in the Great Patriotic War, where he was wounded.
Serhii Zalevskyi

Barbara Wyciszkiewicz

For obvious reasons, you cannot remember the war yourself, but according to our family stories you are able to tell me a...
Paulina Bożyk

Volodymyr Voitiuk

He worked on a farm at the beginning of the war. Some of his fellow farm workers and him were once sent to the exhibitio...
Ksenia Voitiuk

Elvira (Vira) Gutsalo

Like almost every young person those days, my mom was taken in 1943 from Kyiv to Germany. She was only 19 years old back...
Lilia Trubka

Zofia Raj

Zofia was born after World War II, but her parents told her about their experiences from the times of war. This intervie...
Aga Kawczak

Oświęcim. Important to Stay Together

Ukrainian participants about the second encounter of the international youth project.
Oleksa Stasevych

Auschwitz-Birkenau, Memorial and Museum

Oleksa Stasevych

Photos from the encounter in Oświęcim, 23-30.10.2015

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Oleksa Stasevych

Lidiya Zubanenko

Lidiya was born in 1927 in the village Lukshyno, Smolensk region (Russia). She witnessed war since 1942. In 1966 Lidiya ...
Olia Vasilets

Programme in Oświęcim 23-30.10.2015

Programme of the project activities in in Oświęcim during 23-30 October 2015.
Oleksa Stasevych

Zofia Posmysz

Zofia Posmysz was born in Kraków on the 23rd of August 1923. When the war broke out she was a pupil at a school of comme...
Oleksa Stasevych

My dear rose

Occasionally there are some special evenings, when your granny wants to have just a small talk with you, which turns out...
Olia Vasilets

Photos from the encounter in Oldau, 23-29.08.2015

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Oleksa Stasevych

History begins in the Family...

Oleksa Stasevych

The History begins in the family project in figures. Part I

Early in the morning of 28 August, huge final hugs were given in Oldau before the bus set out from Germany, heading for ...
Olia Vasilets

The Bergen-Belsen Memorial

Daniel Tonn

Using recording devices while interviewing

Oleksa Stasevych

Going from the History Books to the Memories of Witnesses an...

Presentation of what is oral history and how it differs from the handbooks on history.
Oleksa Stasevych

Programme in Oldau, 23-29.08.2015

Oleksa Stasevych

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