Three Fundamental Values Behind a Successful Storytelling
This year, the project team faced a number of challenges which also turned out to be opportunities. We moved from a part...
My grandfather was born in 1939 in Delmenhorst. Two years later, his father, a public servant, was transferred to Orlová...
Teresa was 10 years old when the war started. She lived with her family in a small village of Sikorzyce in the Tarnów po...
Insights into working with family narratives
I decided to take part in this project because I am very interested in the culture(s) of remembrance and oral history. I...
Extract from the interview with Anna H. in which she recounts her family history & her memories of the time of the Secon...
I interviewed my aunt, Czesława Poprawska, born in 1928, who used to live in Kościan (a town in the Greater Poland Voivo...
To be open for new experiences and not to be afraid of chang...
I found out about the project from my high school Polish language teacher. He suggested that I took part in a program or...
Oscar Wilde once said, "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." I interviewed my gran...
Gert Malerius grew up in East Prussia, the town of Pillau. Close to the end of World War II, he had to flee with his mot...
The Hope That Helps to Overcome Fear and Get Through Challen...
This project has become an important step in my life. At first, it took me a long time to make up my mind to take part. ...
In memory of Stepan Horechyi
We met by pure serendipity, once I was a team member of the project. Mr. Horechyi amazed me with his fortitude, his lust...
A former political prisoner of...
Sharing with you sad news. Yesterday, Mr. Stepan Horechyi, 91 years old public activist, a former political prisoner of ...
Grażyna Oczkowicz was born in December 1937 in the village of Rzędowice in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. Grażyna was th...
When Maria was only a few weeks old, the cruel and inhuman World War II was already raging. Her first years of childhood...
I interviewed my grandmother Hanna Marshalok (maiden name: Zemba). She was born on April 12, 1948, in the village of Sta...
I interviewed my father who was born in 1959. In the conversation, dad recalls stories related to World War II that he h...
I've heard stories about World War II since my childhood. So during the project, I decided to learn more about my ancest...
I interviewed my grandmother on October 4, 2020. She was born in 1936 in Grünberg (Zielona Góra), close to Lodz (Poland)...
Genowefa Ruman was born in Jastrzębik in 1949. She had eight siblings. Their parents were working hard to provide for th...
In November 2020, I called my great-aunt Ursula and my great-uncle Achim to talk to them about their experiences during ...
When the memory of our relatives lives on…
Unfortunately, my family has never been interested in family history before. The project offered me a great opportunity ...
Oleksii Sydorov was born in 1920. Until the beginning of World War II served in the Soviet Army in the Navy since 1938. ...
Bernd grew up in Northern Germany. He speaks about his childhood memories during and after the war, the role that Nation...
A story of an ordinary man who served as a scout during the Second World War.
Kazys Romanas Valys
My grandfather Kazys Romanas Valys was born on May 25th in 1942 in the Raseniai district municipality, Lithuania. His mo...
Ivan Zakharov was born in 1918 in Zorka village, Orel province (Russia). In 1938, he was called up for military service ...
In defeat we gain...
I’m sharing a story that helped me improve my relationship with my grandfather. This story is about how failure can beco...
Beyond the Borders: Human Experiences Across Generations and...
In December, participants of the project gathered for the final online session on presenting their family stories. Under...
Halyna Serhijenko was born in 1946 in Mariupol, Donetsk oblast. She tells about the events that took place in her family...
This story is about our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who took part in the most fierce battles of the Germa...
This is the story of a Russian girl who remembers famine and Soviet collective farms and was able to survive by finding ...
The history of my family reflects life in a totalitarian regime. All that my great grandfather and great-grandmother wen...
Zinaida Laskova was born on August 21, 1926 in the village of Hnylozubivka into a large family. She survived the Holodom...
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...
Life story of a political prisoner of the Soviet totalitarian regime, who passed through 10 years of prison labour camps...
Inception: Online programme within the project "History begi...
This week was a special time for us: an online program within the project “History Begins in the Family” has been launch...
Call for young participants from Ukraine for the internation...
History begins in the family: ...
Youth encounter in Bergen-Belsen
Youth encounter in Bergen-Belsen 18-24 Mar 2018
Semion Gelman was born on October 15, 1927 in Leningrad. He survived the siege of Leningrad. Worked as a teacher of Hist...
Zofia Mazur was born on the 24th of November 1936 in Semenivka, 25 km from Lviv. During World War II, like many others, ...
Vira Paripsa, my grandmother, was born February 1, 1935 in the Rososha village to a family of 11 children. She witnessed...
My grandmother was born on the 15th of February 1945 in Bielefeld. She grew up There and completed an apprenticeship a...
R. Althausen is vice chairwoman of the German-Israeli Society (DIG) and daughter of Oskar Altmann, who is a witness of t...
I interviewed my father, who was born in 1972 and will talk about his father and grand father as well as his uncle. H...
Stefaniya Duts was born on May 22, 1935 in Volya Gorodecka, Lublin region, Poland. She was relocated to Donbas. Later es...
Andrzej Iwan - wartime memories of a child. Andrzej Iwan was born in November 1939. As a child he had a different per...
Christa grew up in 1930's in a small village near Breslau, today Wrocław. She and her family was forced to leave their h...
Stanisław Baszowiekci was born in 26.051940r. in Przemiwółki village, in Lviv voivodship. He had to move from his home t...
Stanisław Iwach was born in 1935, in Tarnopol, within the Eastern Borderlands. He was one of the 7 siblings. In 1944, wh...
Edward Szukiel was born in 1930 in Wozgielance, Wilno region. He has 4 siblings. His father was a blacksmith. He was rai...
Oleksandr Salun (my grandfather) was born on January 20, 1942 in the village of Muravy, Novhorod-Siverskyi region, Chern...
Programme in Oldau, 18-24.03.2018
Anna Fokina (Sherdits)
Anna Fokina (Sherdits), my great grandmother, was born on August 8, 1923 in the village of Krestyshe, Sovetskiy district...
My grandfather, Vasylenko Myhailo, tells us about his father, my great-grandfather, Kyrylo Vasylenko, born 1918. During ...
She was born in 1939 on the 16th of January in Novomykolayivka, Zaporizhzhia region,Ukraine. The beginning of the Second...
My impressions after meetings in Oświęcim and Kyiv
Youth encounter in Oświęcim 5-11 Nov 2017
Programme in Kyiv, 15-17.12.2017
Comments on the 2nd encounter in Oświęcim
Olena Borzenko was born in the village of Vysokyi, Kharkiv region in 1953. She is the only child in her family. Her pare...
Auschwitz-Birkenau. Visit of the group to the memorial site
My impressions from the intermediate meeting in Vinnytsia
A unique quest reveals the history of Lviv during WWII to th...
Programme in Oświęcim, 5-11.11.2017
Meeting with Stepan Horechyi (2017)
Comments on the meeting in Vinnytsia
Youth meeting in Vinnytsia
Volodymyr Poznyar (my grandfather) was born on February 28, 1934 in Chimkent (Southern Kazakhstan). In 1938 (during the ...
Historical quest "Lviv on the map of memory about the Second...
Youth encounter in Lviv 3-9 July 2017
"History begins in the family..." Polish-German-Ukrainian yo...
Programme in Vinnytsia, 15-17.09.2017
Reflections after the first session of the History begins in...
First Meeting in Lviv: Review
My reflections after the first session in Lviv
Feedback about the first session of the History begins in th...
Youth encounter in Lviv
Meeting with Stepan Horechyi
Historical quest in Lviv 2017
Post-truth and post-morality: How do we define the impact of...
Programme in Lviv 3-9.07.2017
Meeting with Mrs. Yaroslava Melnychuk
History begins in the family. Youth encounter in Lviv
Historical quest through the WWII memory places in Lviv
History begins in the family. ...
Photos from the encounter in Lviv, 19-25.03.2016
History begins in the family. Youth encounter in Oświęcim
Yaroslava Melnychuk (Polyuha)
My great-grandfather Józef Graboń was born on 17th July 1913. My great-grandmother Rozalia was born on 8th February 1916...
Programme in Lviv 19-25.03.2016
Stefania Jasińska (née Kramarczyk) was born on 26th December 1926 in Osiek, Poland. In 1941, she was taken to Germany to...
Karl Juesten was born in West Germany. After he graduated school with 17 years, he was conscripted to the German army. F...
The oldest member of my nearest family, my grandfather Józef Boba, was born on 26th December 1932 in Polanka Wielka. To...
Meeting with Mrs. Zofia Posmysz
Born on June 17, 1937, in Lyck (today’s Poland). Escaped January 1945 from East Prussia to West Germany together with hi...
Krystyna Środa was born in 1940. She has been living in Mętków ever since her childhood. She survived the war as a child...
Date of birth: 18th January 1951 Moved to Lublin: 1967 Finished school: 1969 Got married: 30th April 1972 Father's d...
In 1933 Pavlo was born in the small village Stara Ushytsia, which was a big town back then. When he entered the second g...
Barbara Mudyna was born on 6th January 1937. Parents: Gabriela and Eugeniusz Raszek Children: Anna, Krzysztof and Wojc...
Mrs. Dariia Zavoiska was born on June 3, 1950, in the village Verbivka, Perehinske district, Stanislav (today: Ivano-Fra...
Emilia was the second youngest child in the family. She had three older sisters: Felicja, Stanisława and Krystyna, and o...
Oleh Pavlish was born on June 20, 1971, in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine. He went to school No. 61. After finishing the 8-th gr...
My grandfather was born in Odesa oblast (region) on July 3, 1971. In 1986 he graduated from school. In 1991 he graduated...
Barbara Wyciszkiewicz was born on 30th November 1946 in Katowice. She lives in Łopuszno with her husband Jerzy. She has ...
This interview is about Ivan Nahorniuk, Volodymyr Voitiuk’s grandfather. He was born on the 7th of January 1922 and was ...
Elvira (Vira) Gutsalo
On March 8, 1945 – was born in Germany, 35 miles from Rhine. At the age of three months came back to Kyiv with her mom. ...
Mrs. Raj was born on 11th May 1950 in Kęty near Oświęcim. She is the daughter of Stanisława and Józef, but she was raise...
Oświęcim. Important to Stay Together
Auschwitz-Birkenau, Memorial and Museum
Photos from the encounter in Oświęcim, 23-30.10.2015
Lidiya was born on February 12, 1927, in the village Lukshyno, Smolensk region (Russia). In 1935 she went to school. ...
Programme in Oświęcim 23-30.10.2015
My dear rose
Photos from the encounter in Oldau, 23-29.08.2015
History begins in the Family...
The History begins in the family project in figures. Part I
The Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Using recording devices while interviewing
Going from the History Books to the Memories of Witnesses an...
Programme in Oldau, 23-29.08.2015
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