What you don’t know about 1989… yet

Ever wondered what it would be like to live by the standards of a different political ideology? Or what it would be like for the political landscape you lived in to change almost overnight?

If so, then you should check out our new project, Europeana 1989, which documents the time when the very symbol of the division of Europe was torn down, and states dominated by one-party dictatorships could finally move towards democracy.

Europeana 1989 is coming soon!

One Europe, two perspectives

1989 presents the revolutionary year when Europe, torn in half after WW2, became one again. Walls crumbled, wire was cut, and families that were torn apart were united again…


It was a time for celebration. For the first time in decades, a sense of cohesion returned to Europe and we have been ‘one’ ever since.

So how come that, despite this grand unification, what we know about ‘life behind the Iron Curtain’ still comes just from our history books?
After all, history isn’t only about the objects in a museum or the accounts in a book – we make history ourselves, every day.


Europeana 1989

Our new project ‘Europeana 1989’ will launch soon and we are looking for your untold stories about the revolutionary events that led up to the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Share your personal experiences directly online or come to the collection day in Warsaw, where we will help to preserve your videos, pictures, objects and documents. Share your personal history with the world!

If you are interested in our project, please go to www.europeana1989.eu and sign up, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

(Images by Klaus-Peter Albrecht, Gabriele Greaney, Marleen Achten-Vansina. CC BY-NC-ND)

3 thoughts on “What you don’t know about 1989… yet

  1. The year 1989 has truly led to severe changes in Europe.
    And it is worth the described project – and our participation.
    It hopefully will contribute to a lively description of the past and to more active participation of Europeans in politics!
    Thank you very much for sharing and for your appeal!

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