Europeana 1914-1918: Collection and digitization of items and stories from the 1st World War in VERIA

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June 2014: 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and Europeana, the digital library of Europe has started an ambitious project aiming to collect, digitize and make public untold stories, objects and memorabilia that reveal different aspects of the tragedy that affected millions of lives in Europe.

The project is called Europeana1914-1918 and has so far collected more than 60,000 photographs, digitized postcards and diaries from the First World War, 10,000 stories and 400,000 objects from various national collections that can all be found at www.europeana1914-1918.eu

Greece also participates in this project and the Central Public Library of Veria will have a collection day on 27 and 28 June.

Everyone who wishes to contribute to the project with a story or object can bring them to the Central Public Library of Veria on 27 and 28 June 2014 from 08:30 a.m. to 14:30 p.m. Experts will be there to collect your stories and/or objects, digitize them and return them to you on the same day.

Alternatively, you can photograph or scan the objects, letters, diaries etc. yourself and upload them at www.europeana1914-1918.eu following the guidelines.

In Athens a significant number of people brought photographs, postcards, memorabilia and the story behind each one of them. Mr. Michael Tsirimpas, son of Dimitris Tsirimpas brought his father’s military tag, a wooden crucifix and a medallion with his father’s photograph enclosed, items that the soldier always kept with him at the front.

Mrs. Eleana Vlachou told us the love story of her family that took place during the war. She had six photographs from the wedding of her mother, Perdika Danae Karousou, to the Serb officer Tihomir Stoyanovic. The wedding took place in Corfu, the birthplace of Mrs. Karousou, but soon the family had to leave because of the war never to meet again since Tihomir Stoyanovic died early at the age of 38.

The war also had a huge impact on the everyday life of the Greeks that didn’t go to the front. Therefore, everyone can contribute with an untold story or an item that pictures Greece of the period 1914-1918 even if it has nothing to do with the war.

For more information about the program visit www.europeana1914-1918.eu.

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γράφτηκε στις 25 Ιούνιος 2014
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