Christmas Run 2016 completed!

From the 13th December 2016 to 15th January 2017, around 2,000 new documents were added to the Transcribathon, most of them a part of 50 specially-selected stories of Christmas and New Year.

Our transcribers diligently took up the new challenge, and in the course of a month, made astounding headway. At the end of the run, more than 600 documents were in progress, and about 900 were fully complete – all in all amounting to 1,579 transcriptions made. That’s more than we’ve ever had in such a short space of time!

The Xmas Run 2016 Champion Cups are awarded to Corinna Pichler, David Gadiou and Sue Bryant for running the most Miles during the event. In recognition of their outstanding work, each will receive from us a book prize.

During the Run, we also welcomed 80 new transcribers into the Europeana Transcribe 1914-1918 community, with some of them quickly reaching the rank of Champion.

We would like to take this opportunity, again, to thank all of our transcribers, old and new, for the success of the 2016 Christmas Run. Keep doing the good stuff, and keep on the watch for new campaigns and competitions coming up soon!

See the full results of the Christmas Run 2016 here.

CC-BY-SA Europeana 1914-1918 / Loïc Jamin.

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When war was declared in August 1914 many thought the fighting would be over by Christmas. For many, Christmas was a time of goodwill towards others, a time for family and a celebration of light and peace. But the war was not over by Christmas. In fact, many soldiers spent more than one Christmas away from home.

In the short and dark December days, as the temperatures dropped and the fighting slowed down, families kept their thoughts on their loved ones at the front. Aware that they would be absent from the festivities of the season, soldiers from all across Europe sent seasonal greetings in long letters and on postcards.

Many of these personal documents, in many different languages are waiting to be read again. You can now help bringing these unique heartfelt testimonies back to life. Take part in transcribing the letters, notes and poems that were written 100 years ago.

Join our special Christmas Run! Click here to start now.


German soldiers celebrating Christmas / CC-BY-NC-ND National Library of Denmark

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