About the project

The HerStories project conveys the multifaceted Jewish history of the 20th century in Europe through the biographies of seven Jewish women from Germany, Poland, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The project will contribute to a better understanding of European history through reading and listening to these women’s voices and through analyzing their subjectivities.

These women’s stories include experiences of persecution, deportation and flight, but also of survival, resistance and rebuilding lives after the Holocaust and World War II. The seven interviewees share with us their stories of growing up in Jewish families before the war, of falling in love, of going to school - of everyday hopes and struggles. Taken together, these individual stories paint a diverse picture of Jewish women’s lives - and of European history - in the 20th century. 

The HerStories project will tell these Jewish women’s stories in various formats, aimed at educators, students and the general public. By bringíng together partners from educational and research institutions throughout Europe, we combine diverse approaches to present Jewish history. Multilingual exhibitions and GoogleClassrooms with teaching material for educators, a compendium collecting best teaching practices, a documentary film on the project, as well as hands-on workshops for students, training seminars for teachers and an international youth competition will foster engagement with these women’s stories - ensuring they are not forgotten. 

The HerStories project is co-funded by the European Union within the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) Program. Partners include Centropa - Zentrum für Jüdische Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts e.V. (Hamburg, Germany), Galicia Jewish Museum (Krakow, Poland) the Jewish Museum of Greece (Athens, Greece), Mozaika (Barcelona, Spain), Centropa Alipitvany (Budapest, Hungary), and Jugend- und Kulturprojekt e.V. (Dresden, Germany).

The project runs from January 2023 until December 2024.