#GreatEuropean

As part of our attempt to reclaim symbols for the peoples of Europe, here we will be presenting a selection of individuals who have shaped and enriched the continent.

Photo of Hannah Arendt

Great European of the Week: Hannah Arendt

Europe never has and never will stop talking about the Holocaust. There have been a multitude of attempts to come to terms with the genocide – many satisfactory, many sorely lacking – yet perhaps the…

Great European of the Week: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Born August 22, 1908, Henri Cartier-Bresson was an artist contributing greatly to the role of photography in our European culture. His talent and work around the world helped to establish photojournalism as an art form….

Great European of the Week: Napoleon Bonaparte

A military general, the first emperor of France, at his time considered to be the most powerful man in the world, his drive for military expansion changed the world, revolutionized military strategy while he invaded…

Great European of the Week: Sir Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming, a doctor and bacteriologist, made the famous discovery by chance of the first antibiotics, which changed the course of the human life. A revolution for medicine as with the discovery of penicillin…

Great European of the Week: Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent is the name of the famous fashion designer, but also the name of his fashion house founded in the 1960s that dominated the fashion scene for decades.   Born August 1 in…

Great European of the Week: Alexandre Dumas

A French writer best known for his historical novels of high adventure. He is one of the most widely read French authors in history, while his work has been translated into nearly 100 languages and…

Great European of the Week: Julius Caesar

The “Great European of the Week” is Julius Caesar born in Subura, Rome on July, 12/13, 100 B.C. A conqueror, statesmen, dictator, diplomat, political and military strategist and father of the powerful Roman Empire –…

Great European of the Week: Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was a Czech lawyer – though he is much more famously known for his writing today. Unpublished while alive, he first gained notoriety in the 1920s and 1930s. He was born to a…

Great European of the Week: Raul Gonzales Blanco

Raul, born June 27, 1977, is a great European not only because of his striking achievements with Real Radrid and Schalke 04 that make him one of the greatest European football players, but also because…

Great European of the Week: John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes, one of the great economists of the 20th century, is best known for his Keynesian economical theory that shaped the economies of Europe and beyond over the last decades. Born June 5,…