1989

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#remember1989 and the Fall of the Iron Curtain by joining our blog parade

This year sees the 30th anniversary of an extraordinary year – 1989 – when walls crumbled and people of Central and Eastern Europe were united again.

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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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“Memories of the fall of the Berlin Wall – my father’s experiences”

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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Brainstorms and broomsticks – recording how Estonians celebrated the Baltic Way

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 items. In addition to many photos and printed materials, a contributor brought in a handmade blue, black and white Estonian tricolour flag mounted on […]

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The Baltic Way: the day holding hands changed the world

On 23 August 1989, two million people held hands to form a human chain over 600 kilometres long linking three capital cities – Tallinn in Estonia, Riga in Latvia and Vilnius in Lithuania. This peaceful political demonstration became known as ‘The Baltic Way’. The Baltic Way was a massive demonstration for freedom, commemorating the 50th […]

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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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Europeana 1989: Share your personal memories of the fall of the Iron Curtain

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  across Central and Eastern Europe with our roadshows. We want anyone with memories, stories, objects or memorabilia from this time to come […]

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