Europeana 1989

Freedom Express: Final Leg – Germany

The Freedom Express ended its historic journey in Germany over the weekend, concluding an intensive study trip for a group of 20 young Europeans. The participants travelled through six countries in Eastern and Central Europe to discover traces of the different revolutions that swept across the region in 1989. In Germany, the participants set out to explore […]

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Freedom Express: Leg 3 – Slovakia & Czech Republic

The Freedom Express is a journey that follows 20 young Europeans as they discover the traces of 1989, an extraordinary year that transformed Europe. Twenty-five years on from the collapse of Communism in Europe, the participants of the study trip are visiting the key places of those revolutions and meeting the people that were involved. […]

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Freedom Express: Leg 2 – Hungary & Romania

A group of 20 young Europeans continue their journey through Eastern and Central Europe to trace the events of 1989, and Europeana has joined them. The Freedom Express study trip most recently stopped in Hungary and Romania, where the participants learnt about the revolutions of each country, and how the events in Hungary sparked the […]

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The Freedom Express has Departed: Leg 1 – Poland

On the morning of 30 August, the Freedom Express started its journey through Eastern and Central Europe from Gdansk, Poland. The touring study trip is taking twenty young Europeans on a journey to trace the historical events of 1989, a year that transformed Europe. Twenty-five years on from those spectacular events that triggered the collapse […]

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Funeral held for Europeana 1989 Polish project ambassador Tadeusz Mazowiecki

A state funeral attended by thousands of Poles has been held for Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who died on 28 October 2013 aged 86, in Warsaw. The Polish author, journalist and politician was one of the leaders of the Solidarity movement and the first freely elected non-communist prime minister in Central and Eastern Europe after World War […]

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Sophie’s family story of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Guest blog from Sophie Naumann, an intern at the German National Library.  Scroll down to read the blog in German. I was born close to the city of Zwickau in a small village in Saxony where my father was the local priest. Although the Berlin Wall came down just three years before I was born, […]

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Edit Wikipedia’s 1989 pages and win a prize!

This year, Europeana launched a project called ‘Europeana 1989’, asking people to share their personal experiences of 1989. The goal is to create a digital archive of first-hand accounts of the fall of the Iron Curtain and other revolutionary events of 1989 like the Baltic Way. The Baltic Way – one of the events being […]

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Brainstorms and broomsticks – how Estonians celebrated the Baltic Way

Guest blog by Juri Estam, Action Consensus PR. Around 100 people visited the Europeana 1989 Baltic Way collection days at the Estonian National Library in the capital city of Tallinn on 30-31 August, sharing a total of approximately 150 memory items. In addition to many photos and printed materials, a contributor brought in a handmade […]

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The Baltic Way: A Chain for Freedom

Today, we mark the anniversary of the Baltic Way! Exactly 24 years ago today, two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning over 600 kilometers across Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Europeana 1989 is recreating the chain online and some of the pictures that have already been shared are in the gallery […]

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The day holding hands changed the world

On 23 August 1989, two million people held hands to form a human chain over 600 km long linking three capital cities – Vilnius in Lithuania, Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia. This peaceful political demonstration became known as ‘The Baltic Way’. Now, the Europeana 1989 project is asking people to join together again […]

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Propaganda, postage stamps and a Polonez car

Last month, people across Poland shared their memories of the changes of the 1980s, contributing to Europeana 1989 – an online archive of documents, memorabilia and stories that shares their experiences with the world and with future generations. Among these items were: a collection of underground press documents, black and white music festival photographs and […]

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89 Voices

89 Voices: fascinating first-hand accounts from 1989

The Europeana 1989 project kicked off with the first collection day in Warsaw, Poland, earlier this month. Many Warsovians came to the House of History to share the personal memories and belongings that paint a picture of what the changes in 1989 meant to them. On the back of these collection days, we’re digging a […]

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What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You About 1989

Europeana 1989 is our new project that aims to find out your stories from the revolutionary year of 1989! From now until the end of 2014 (the 25th anniversary year), we will travel all across central and eastern Europe with our roadshows. We want anyone with memories, stories, objects or memorabilia from this time to […]

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