Medzinárodné spolupráce / International cooperations

30 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain

The aim of our project was to raise awareness and to celebrate the 30 years anniversary of living in democracy among people in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania (and possibly to spread the message to other Eastern European countries, too) and to reflect on the totalitarian past and its impact, in order to avoid such situation in the future.

„It is meaningful, I liked it and I was entertained. Thanks for reviving the history.“

„I liked today’s presentation a lot. I have learned new words and terms.“

„We have learned interesting things about the past, how people lived and what was happening.“

„It was useful. Thank you.“

„I can say that everything I’ve heard today; I’ve heard for the first time. It’s given me a lot of new knowledge. I hope you will come more often. Thank you.“

(feedback from students who were at new workshops, what were invented in the project)

The project started with e-mail communication after the information about the support of project by EACEA. Then we started preparation of the preparatory activities. Documentation of witnesses was done as planned (from 01/12/2018 to 31/12/2019) – partners helped us to identify the witnesses of events of 1989 and Post Bellum SK in cooperation with partners arranged recording and processing of their testimonies, as well as collection of the authentic materials from the period – photos, recordings and documents. Post Bellum SK uploaded the collected testimonies to the online archive Memory of Nations and delivered them to the part of the project team.
Realisation of workshops in all countries was done as planned, too.

Exhibition „30 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain“ in Bratislava started 01/03/2019 and ended 30/04/2019. In Slovakia we had continue with instalation of ehxibition in other cities (Košice, Žilina, Považská Bystrica) and we made the interior exhibition too.
The introduction of the exhibition accompanied by a discussion for general public. Afterwards the exhibition moved to Prague – Czech Republic (14/05/2019 – 14/07/2019).

In Prague was the exhibition on 17th November too, because this day was so important and exhibition saw a lot of people. The introduction of the exhibition accompanied by a projection and discussion related to 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe for general public.

The exhibition in Poland was in Krzyzowa and Wroclav (01/08/2019 – 30/12/2020). The introduction of the exhibition accompanied by a discussion related to 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe for general public.

The exhibition Iasi, Romania was installed from 14/10/2019 – 14/12/2019. In Romania we added one most important partner, where was exhibition installed – Memorial to the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance in Sighetu.

The introduction of the exhibition accompanied by a discussion related to 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe for general public.

12 educational workshops in Slovakia were held from 01/12/2018 to 31/12/2019 (The 12 educational workshops were organised by Post Bellum SK in a following manner: 4 at primary schools, 4 at secondary schools and 4 at universities -the interactive workshops are based on drama principle and on the collected memories of the witnesses of the events of year 1989).

12 educational workshops in the Czech Republic were held from 01/12/2018 to 31/12/2019 (The 12 educational workshops were organised by Post Bellum in the Czech Republic in a following manner: 4 at primary schools, 4 at secondary schools and 4 at universities – the interactive workshops are based on drama principle and on the collected memories of the witnesses of the events of year 1989).

12 educational workshops in the Poland were held from 01/12/2018 to 31/12/2019 (the 12 educational workshops were organised by Krzyzowa Foundation in a following manner: 4 at primary schools, 4 at secondary schools and 4 at universities – the interactive workshops are based on drama principle and on the collected memories of the witnesses of the events of year 1989).

12 educational workshops in the Romania were held from 01/12/2018 to 31/12/2019 (the 12 educational workshops were organised by Primaria Commune Victoria in a following manner: 4 at primary schools, 4 at secondary schools and 4 at universities – the interactive workshops are based on drama principle and on the collected memories of the witnesses of the events of year 1989).

In Post Bellum, we strongly believe that only people who are aware of history of their countries and societies will be able to cope with the past of totalitarian regimes in their countries, and also with the present and future challenges for civil society in Europe (for example to oppose to the strengthening far-right extreme movements across the Europe, coping with migration crisis and migrants in Europe and similar).
In Post Bellum (Czech Republic and Slovakia) we have already collected testimonies of thousands of witnesses, which have been compiled and is accessible in the Memory of Nations database (www.memoryofnations.eu).

Through this project we enriched the database for more testimonies(while the witnesses of the key events are still alive) and to collect testimonies from new countries such as Romania and Poland.

Info template about the project with concrete events, informations and number of participants:

info_template_30 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain _en

Leader organisation:

Post Bellum SK

Project partners:

Post Bellum o.p.s., Czech Republic

Comuna Victoria, Romania

Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europea, Poland

Memorial to the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance in Sighetu

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