Europeana 1914-1918

The (Army) Lives of WW1

The (Army) Lives of WW1 is a new Pinterest board by Europeana to commemorate the beginning of World War One. All the images are sourced from our Europeana 1914-1918 website. Some of it is from people like you who came to our roadshows to contribute to our collection, and some of it is from the […]

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Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

By Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen Saturday, 28 June this year marked one hundred years since 19-year-old Serbian Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, sparking controversy and anger all across Europe and eventually leading to the outbreak of war in August 1914. So what exactly happened, how did it lead […]

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World War 1 Centenary: 19 Historical Photographs

Saturday marks the day recognised as the beginning of World War 1. The Great War was a conflict on an unprecedented scale that affected the everyday lives of virtually all Europeans and many people living in other parts of the world. The memory of the war, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, all […]

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The sinking of the Lusitania

By Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen  Ninety-nine years ago, RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner, was sunk by a German U-Boat, resulting in the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew and eventually leading to America’s entry into the First World War. In early 1915 German submarines, or “U-Boats”, began to be used […]

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Centenary of the First World War: the story of Walter Flex

Centenary of the First World War: More than 400,000 sources from national libraries’ collections now online The story of Walter Flex, war volunteer right from the start of the First World War and one of the best-known writers it produced. A digital commemoration of the First World War — English subtitles: http://youtu.be/AZ77LvCbFr8 Una memoria digitale per […]

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The Importance of Songs During the War

Whether they had a message or were a simple form of entertainment, songs were a key part of life in society at this the beginning of the 20th century. The songs which would be churned out for popular consumption hailed from a long tradition, stretching back to the Revolution, taking in songwriters such as Béranger and […]

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Advertising the War – Your Country Needs You!

By Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen In order to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the EFG1914 project was launched by the European Film Gateway to digitise and bring together films and film-related materials from 21 European film archives in an online portal accessible to everybody. The partners of EFG1914 have […]

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Stories and testimonies of Italian soldiers who fought and perished in the Great War

Following the ‘Documenting the Great War‘ blogpost, Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche (ICCU) – Central Institute for the Union Catalogue (ICCU) highlights some of the memories contributed by citizens at the ‘Seminario formativo e raccolta di fotografie, lettere, ricordi della Grande guerra’ community collection day held […]

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Documenting the Great War: behind the scenes at a ’14-’18 community collection day

On Europeana1914-1918 you can find thousands of stories and digitied photos, diaries and objects from the time of the Great War. These stories are gathered during the so-called community collection days, which are organised throughout Europe. During these days, citizens are invited to have their stories written down and objects digitised by professional archivists. This […]

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Brussels Cartoon Postcards

A number of reasons caused a revival of the caricature during the war in Belgium. It’s an interesting medium. Exaggeration or simplification of facts creates a comic effect and it reflects the essence of a situation so it can be comprehended at one glance. At the same time, it can contain deeper meanings that are only […]

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Learn more about World War One with the British Library

To complement the re-launch of the Europeana 1914-1918 website, which now gives you access to personal stories from the First World War, as well as national library and cinematic collections, the British Library has launched a site to inspire teachers, students and everyone interested in learning more about World War One. Supported by over 500 […]

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Europeana 1914-1918 website relaunched!

Europeana 1914-1918 now brings together resources from three major European projects each dealing with different types of First World War material. That means that national collections from libraries now sit alongside personal stories and treasures as well as important film archives. Together, this creates a unique perspective of the First World War, showing it from […]

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Map with bullet hole from the remains of Walter Flex

The memory of the First World War, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe and of countries across the world – the stories of soldiers and their families continue to be told and published from generation to […]

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Unlocking the First World War

If you’re interested in the First World War, then you need to know about a great event we’re putting on in Berlin at the end of the month. On 30-31 January, the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin is hosting ‘Unlocking Sources – the First World War Online & Europeana’. It’s partly a two-day conference but it’s actually […]

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From the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 reception

The memory of the First World War, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe and of countries across the world – the stories of soldiers and their families continue to be told and published from generation to […]

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Europeana 1914-1918 in France

Thanks to the National Library of France for this blog. Family History Roadshows for Europeana 1914-1918 took place in France from 9-16 November 2013. Thanks to the cooperation between the French National Library (BnF), Archives de France and their network, Europeana and Mission du Centenaire, more than 100 sites all over France participated. Thousands of […]

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