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European Archive of Voices

A team of 45 young international interviewers will talk to their older compatriots in their mother tongue about the past and the future of the continent, about their experiences, fears and hopes.

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The Idea

While the European idea is under attack, fewer and fewer eyewitnesses are there to tell the story of Europe in the 20th century. To preserve those stories, the “European Archive of Voices” collects the memories of individuals from all over Europe who were born in the first half of the 20th century – a wide array of activists, artists, lawyers, politicians, scientists, writers and many more. In their diversity, the biographies brought together aim to illustrate the rich, complex and polarised histories of Europe and that of the generation who rebuilt Europe after 1945.

The project conceives Europe as not only the member states of the European Union but also countries that belong to Europe geographically and historically. The interviews conducted span the whole continent – from Iceland to Italy and from Portugal to Ukraine.

Our team of young interviewers has conducted 45 interviews to date, which we will be sharing over the coming months until the Autumn 2020, when the archive will be complete. As an introduction to the archive, the interview by João Francisco Gomes with the Portuguese lawyer and politician Adriano Moreira (97) is already available online.

For questions and queries about the project, please get in touch: arbeitaneuropa@gmail.com

The Team

Simon Strauß

Project Director

Jan Starmans

Project Finances

Max Stange

Coordination and Communication

Lisa Schulze

Project Editor

Lukas Schmelter

Fundraising

Robert Eberhardt

Public Relations

Barbara von Gayling-Westphal

Legal Advisor

Boban Lapcevic

Design

Nora Bossong

Ambassador

Tom Müller

Ambassador

Sarah Bühler

Ambassador

Livia Gerster

Ambassador

Our Partners

We are grateful to a number of generous partners, who helped to make the “European Archive of Voices” possible.