Discover the stories of the month

Each month, starting 1 July 2021, we will highlight several stories in various languages, selected around a certain theme, ranging from war diaries, family correspondence to love letters and theater play manuscripts.

By transcribing the story of your choice, you are automatically taking part in the Stories of the Month Run.

You can also make your own choice and work on other documents of your interest that are related to the theme. In that case we especially encourage you to work on documents that people have started to work on but have not yet been completed. All contributions count.

Stories of the Month for October-November 2022

October-November 2022: LETTERS

Miss a personal touch in the age of emails and text messages? With this selection we invite you to immerse yourself in the magic of letter writing.

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Brief van Jules Robuchon, met daarop geplakt zijn fotografisch portret

Letter from Jules Robuchon (1840-1922), French photographer.

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Brief von Carl Oesterley an Georg Gottfried Gervinus - 1842-09-03

Letter from German painter Carl Oesterley (1805-1891) to Georg Gottfried Gervinus (1805-1871), German historian.

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Carta de Miguel del Val | Mariano

Letter from Mariano Miguel de Val (1875-1912), Spanish writer.

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List do Alfreda Hillebrandta - Hill. 119

Letter to Alfred Hillebrandt (1853-1927), German philologist.

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Previous Stories of the Month

August-September 2022: Photography

The world photography day is around the corner. We would like to contibute to it with a selection of century-old photographs. Describe, date and geo-locate what you see!

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Joseph Kühlweins Fotos von der Balkanfront

The photo album with pictures from the years 1915/16 was taken by the architect Joseph Kühlwein, about whom it is only known that he was killed in action in the Champagne region of France. Coming to Innsbruck from Augsburg, Kühlwein spent the following months exclusively in Southeastern Europe. His places of stay include Serbia (in Gradiste he photographed prisoners of war), Romania (near Timisoara he also photographed the German minority), Macedonia and more.

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Fotoalbum von Walther Scholz

Photo album of Walther Scholz (19.12.1896 - June 1950) from Reichenberg/Bohemia, with photos from various theatres of war (Eastern Front: Posiencz, Rosulna, Sototwina, Kolomea, Karlinestia, Ruthena, Niewoczin, Kamien, Komatschka, Czatoria, Czernowitz; Italy: Colle Umberto, Alps). Walther Scholz was awarded the Silver Medal for Bravery (2nd class).

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Foto di Michelangelo De Toni

Photos of Michelangelo De Toni, corporal major, born in Malo (Vicenza) on 8 October 1898, decorated with the Military Cross on 12 December 1918 for having participated in the war front on Monte Grappa. Michelangelo De Toni's story can be found in the volume 'Epopea di Malo' by Silvio Eupani; while his photos have been partly published in the volume 'Malo nella Grande Guerra' ('Malo in the Great War').

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Le fotografie de: La Grande Guerra Storie di uomini | di luoghi e di battaglie - Biblioteca Universitaria di Genova - esposizione

Photographs from 2014 exhibition 'LA GRANDE GUERRA. Storie di uomini, di luoghi e di battaglie - Mostra fotografica' ('The First World War. Stories of men, places and battles - Photo exhibition') in Genoa. The photos cover the initial period of the conflict, from 1914 to 1916, in which the European powers were mainly involved and the course of the war seemed to be all in favour of the Central Empires, despite the disparity of forces on the field between the two sides.

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Foto boek

Father of the contributor was an avid postcard collector. He left this photo album, origins of which are unknown. Photographs were taken around 1914/1915 at a border crossing, among other places. A stream of refugees, some of them recognisable as Belgians, can be seen.

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Diverse foto's en documenten van Britse en Duitse origine

Album with aerial and panoramic photographs of various war fronts in Flanders and Northern France, photographs of aircraft, Christmas in Ostend, German soldiers, British army, etc. Book, bought in Ypres, belonged to anonymous photographer, and is probably of English origin.

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PH413 Hermann (Heřman) Brabec

Heřman Brabec, enlisted in the Austro-Hungarian army, he served for a long time in Boka Kotorska in Montenegro. During this time, he made hundreds of photos for his personal archive. Among them are photos from the coastal fortress Mamula, Austrian warships, sceneries, studio photos, and two photographs of an execution scene.

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Photoalbum

Album with photographs by and of Leonhard Michel (22.4.1898-12.11.1993) from Munich. The album is carefully organized and includes both peaceful photographs of comrades, cities, as well as scenes of devastation and POWs.

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July 2022: A Look Back

During the last year since we have launched the "Stories of the month", we have featured stories from doctors, nurses, cooks, scholars, poets, travellers, rebels, soldiers, and more. Transcribe unfinished stories from the past months and make someone's voice heard.

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[Nopca’s Diaries] : Albania : Bulgarien : Notizbücher

Baron Franz Nopcsa (1877-1933), a well-known scholar of South-Eastern European studies wrote this diary during his journeys and expeditions in Upper Albania (1904-1914) and the Central Balkans. It contains afore unpublished detailed notes, pencil-drawn landscape sketches, and travel routes of the region.

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Władysław Zahorski - Żyłem pełnym i pożytecznym życiem (Dziennik część 1)

The diary (Part 1) of Władysław Zahorski, a physician and an author. He wrote numerous books and articles mainly on history of his town Vilnius, history of local medicine and on local folk tales. Worked as a physician and was active in the Red Cross. During the World War I he organized an infectious diseases hospital for 250 patients.

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Az élet hajótöröttjei - elbeszélés

Family papers of teacher Sándor Frits (27 June 1907 - ?), Putnok. They were written in 1926 and include small vignette illustrations on some pages.

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Rimanto Žilevičiaus atsiminimai apie Baltijos kelią

Rimanto Žilevičiaus participated in the Baltic Way human chain in Vilnius, Ukmergės street, near Šeškinė bridge. In 2013 he wrote his short memoirs about the Baltic Way specifically for Europeana 1989 project.

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June 2022: Expeditions

Curiosity might take you a long way from home. Don't forget to leave a neatly-written record next time you go exploring the world.
For more expedition stories, visit Wroclaw Run 2022 and transcribe works by a Polish ethnologist and anthropologist Stanislaw Poniatowski.

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Collection MARGRY | relative à l'histoire des Colonies et de la Marine françaises. MARINE FRANÇAISE. Campagnes de La Pérouse et marine contemporaine (1741-1807). XII Campagnes de La Pérouse (1781-1784).

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Collectanea zur Beschreibung einer Reise durch Deutschland, Holland, England und Frankreich

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Egypte et Libye / attribué à Jean-Baptiste d'Anville ou à son élève Jean-Denis Barbié du Bocage

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Carta do Padre Jacinto Manuel do Rego para o Prepósito dos Teatinos de Goa com notícias de várias missões

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May 2022: Keeping record

Is transcribing a diary as soothing as writing it? Find out for yourself with the help from our May selection.

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Tagebuch und Dokumente von Ernst Fischer

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Mémoires de guerre Frédéric Bauthier (sa fille)

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Ratni put Ivana Fursta

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Il diario di Pietro Magnoni

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508 Dagboek Ernest Clarysse

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Môj otec František Pišna

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Dnevnik Ivana Albrehta

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Milisav Vukosavljević

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