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German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier | Photo: David Ausserhofer
German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier | Photo: David Ausserhofer

German Federal President Calls for Participation in History Competition

"Enough Is Enough - Crisis, Change, a New Beginning" is the topic of the 26th call for entries for the Federal President's History Competition. From 1 September 2018 to 28 February 2019, all children and young people in Germany under the age of 21 will be invited to search for historical traces.

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German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (second from right) | Photo: David Ausserhofer
German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (second from right) | Photo: David Ausserhofer

German Award Ceremony 2017

On 22 November, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier honoured this year’s first prize winners of the German history competition in the Bellevue Palace Berlin. The topic of the competition was “God and the world. Religion makes history” which encouraged over 5,000 young people to participate and to send in a total of 1,639 contributions.

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Cara Sophie Fellmann | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Cara Sophie Fellmann | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

A German Student Traced Her Mennonite Family Background

All of Cara's ancestors on her father’s side were Mennonites. How did they live? What made them different? The whole process of researching her family history was emotional and enriching in many ways, Cara wrote. Take a look at what Cara said about her competition entry.

Finja Haehser | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Finja Haehser | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

German Example of Historical Research

Finja Haehser wrote about the illegitimate children of SS-soldiers after the Second World War. Her grandfather, whom she interviewed, was such an illegitimate child. Finja also compared the situation of illegitimate children in the past and today. Take a look at what Finja said about her competition entry.