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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Get on board the Freedom Express

Here’s your chance to participate in an epic two-week journey in search of traces of events that were instrumental in changing the face of Europe. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Europe, a study trip ‘Freedom Express’ will take 20 exceptionally creative individuals aged 18-28 through Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, […]

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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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