Youthful emotions are the means by which memories, related to the crucial moments of European history, become the subject of intergenerational and transnational sharing and comparing. This concept lays at the heart of the project “Through the Memories, a Century of Youth”, co-financed by the European Commission in the framework of Europe for Citizens program, which sees the Diaries Archive of Pieve Santo Stefano engaged as a leader of a partnership also featuring the association Social.label of Berlin and Arquivo dos Diários of Lisbon.
The objective of “Through the Memories” is to involve young Italians, Germans and Portuguese in the search for knowledge, sharing and processing memories left by the young people who have experienced, first hand, some of the key events in our history: the First World War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Carnation Revolution.
Information containing the details on the implemented project, TTM: pdf.
Recover, enhance, update and disseminate European memories to make vehicle for transnational and intergenerational dialogue, observations and reconciliation. This is the general objective to be achieved in 5 steps:
i) consolidate an European network of institutions engaged in the collection, storage and enhancement of memories;
ii) propose to young peoples a different vision in some turning points of European history through the reading of autobiographical texts;
iii) structure a youth network that will enable European students and peoples to meet and talk about those historical periods;
iv) promote comparison and intergenerational dialogue on common history through the analysis of subjective emotions acquired in different epochs;
v) suggest methodologies for the use and return of European memories through the media used from the new generations.
The project is based on the potential of bringing together different ages and geographical contexts, sharing the “emotions” that move on adolescence and the growth of each person in the History and the memories related to key moments in European history.
The emotions experienced in their youth become the common factor to bring the youth of today and their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. In a first step the young Italian students, by supporting a professional trainer specializing in unconventional methods of learning, will be confronted with the emotions felt by their peers to have lived 100 years before by soldiers. At the same time young Germans will compare the emotions experienced by their peers during the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Then memories will move to the spatial dimension: young peoples (Italians and Germans) will share the benefits of their reflections with Portuguese students who grew up in a geographic context not directly affected by these historical moments, but still involved as European citizens.
At the end of the project the young people themselves will present original ways of restitution.