Call for Participation: Uprooted - (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children in WWII and Beyond - Training course

03.06.2024  |  Call for applications

“Uprooted – (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children in WWII and Beyond” is an engaging and immersive educational programme that delves into the harrowing history of children forcibly abducted from their families during times of conflict. The programme started with a strong focus on children who were stolen from German-occupied parts of countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine during World War II and taken back to Germany where they were subjected to forced “Aryanization”. We are now broadening the scope of the programme and take a closer look at the fates of children in other conflicts.

Date: 7th September to 13th September 2024

Place: Thessaloniki, Greece

Application deadline: 28th June 2024

This edition will investigate the realities of life for children during the German invasion of Greece in WWII. Moreover, we will explore the fate of stolen children during the Greek Civil War, between 1946 and 1949. By taking a closer look at the histories of children experiencing WWII and the Greek Civil War, we also want to confront the political ideologies that shaped those times.

The training course advocates for raising awareness of the importance of children's rights and provides educational tools that allow us to address the violation of these rights in today's world.

This training will allow you to learn more about this often-overlooked group of victims of WWII, give you the chance to explore the fate of stolen children in Greece, and provide you with an opportunity to discuss the importance of children’s rights.

For teaching and information materials check out the programme website.

In the training course, you will:

  • get a better understanding of the topic of stolen children during World War II and in the Greek Civil War,
  • participate in lectures and workshops facilitated by experienced "Uprooted" trainers as well as external experts,
  • get to know educational resources that will allow you to address this topic in your own classes or workshops,
  • learn how to teach sensitive topics effectively,
  • get a chance to connect with like-minded educators, teachers, and facilitators, and to share best practices.

The training is for you if you:

  • are an experienced practitioner: a teacher, an educator, a youth leader, or a professional working in the field of youth work, citizenship education, or history,
  • are a motivated newcomer: If you are interested in the topic and historical non-formal education but have no experience, you are still welcome to join the training,
  • are at least 18 years old,
  • live in one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, or Türkiye,
  • are fluent in English.


The participation fee depends on the country you live in. Full board and accommodation are included.

  • Country group 1: 120 € – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland
  • Country group 2: 80 € – Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Türkiye
  • Country group 3: 50 € – Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia

Travel costs reimbursement:

We reimburse travel costs in accordance with the distance band of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The distance band of maximum reimbursement per participant is based on this distance calculator.

Reimbursements of travel costs will be issued in cash or per bank transfer (currency EUR) to you exclusively during the training course. We do not provide any type of pre-payments or post-payments for the reimbursement of travel costs.

Travelling to Thessaloniki:

We will help you to find the best itinerary. We strive to protect the environment. Therefore we encourage you to consider travelling to the event venue on land as much as possible.

Project partners: Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe (Poland), Świat Rozpędu (Poland), Post Bellum (Czech Republic), Tolerspace (Ukraine), Contemporary Social History Archives, ASKI (Greece).

Funding: The training course is funded by the European Union.

How to apply:

Please fill in the application form by 28th of June 2024.

The participants will be selected based on motivation and the available number of places per country.

All persons admitted for participation in the training will be informed before the 28th of June 2024. Persons who were not contacted on 3rd July 2024 are on a waiting list and will be contacted subsequently if spots become available.

Contact information:

In case you have any questions, please contact René Wennmacher, Junior-Project Manager:


You can download the Call for Participation here.

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