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Ernst-Joachim Hindrichs, Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany

Ernst-Joachim Hindrichs, a seminar graduate from Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany, has realized the project at Maximilian-Kolbe-Gymnasium in Cologne, involving more than 100 students. In this local-history-project, the students, aged between 15 and 19 years old, analysed how the local population in a European town (Cologne-Porz) lived together with different ethnicities in a in the immediate past.
The project has been carried out as a cooperation between Cologne City Archive, Cologne City Council and the Local History Club Cologne and was part of the seminar of the FRA Vienna („Kristallnacht“ Pogrom – Examining the year 1938 from the perspective of 21st century).
Maximilian-Kolbe-Gymnasium looked into the life of migrants in the Porz district from 1870 to the present and focused in particular on the relation of minorities with the local population.
Year-12-students (subjects: history, social sciences and geography) did some basic research on the topic and provided sources and material for the year-10- students (subjects: German and English) to work on. The results of the research can be seen on a website provided by year-10-students (subject: information studies).

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