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"4. Dezember 1989 – Lebewohl Vaterland – Aufbruch in die Fremde"

Aleksandra SZCZEPANSKI (28, currently employee of the Parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, living in Klein Wesenberg, Germany), submitted an entry entitled 4.Dezember 1989 - Lebewohl Vaterland - Aufbruch in die Fremde. As the title indicates, the entry focuses on the migration of the Szczepanski family – father Marek, mother Iwona, daughters Anna and Aleksandra – from Poland to Germany, exactly at the same time as communism collapsed in the former GDR as in various other East-Central European countries. For this, the author uses both her personal recollections – at the time of the events she was 8 years old – and various papers from the family archive. She narrates both the hopes of the Szczepanskis to arrive in England, and the difficulties of settling in Germany, although the mother was recognized as being of German “Volkszugehörigkeit”. She reflects on her double identity „made in Poland, designed in Germany“: „Ich musste mich nie direkt entscheiden. Ich habe zwei Staatsangehörigkeiten, fühle mich beiden Ländern verbunden, verpflichtet, mit ihnen verwachsen. Sie haben mich beide geprägt, beide haben das aus mir gemacht, was ich heute bin”.



The Award Ceremony of the 1989 - Images of Change competition took place on Thursday, November 5, in Trieste (Italy). Opened by Prof. Alessandro Cavalli (Fondazione per la Scuola) and by Dr. Wolf Schmidt (Eustory), it was honored to have as its speaker Dr. Erhard Buzek, Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe (2002-2008) who discussed the role of politics, history and mythology in the Balkans. The ceremony was concluded by the awarding of the winners.

The Award Ceremony of the 1989 - Images of change competition will take place in Trieste, Italy, on November 5 and will be organized by the Fondazione per la Scuola della Compagnia di San Paolo.

The International Jury has convened and after thorough assessment has awarded 10 European Prizes, 2 National Prizes and 1 Special Video Prize. The high quality of numerous entries has generated among the jury members and organizers regrets that the number of prizes was limited. We would like to thank all participants who have submitted entries and to congratulate the winners!

July's Winners of the Month are Manuela Pausan (Romania), Michał Gorski (Poland) and Alexandru Mara (Romania). Congratulations!

The deadline for submitting entries has expired. The 1989 Images of Change competition is now closed.

Minutes until the deadline expires... Who will be the competition's last 3 Winners of the Month?

Last competition day, last chance to upload your entry!

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Only 3 days left till the end of the competition. Now would be the time to send in the entry you've been thinking of and to vote for those already on display!

We remind you again that only 1 vote per entry from the same person is allowed! Multiple voting attempts using fraudulent measures lead to the withdrawal of illegal votes and/or entry disqualification!

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Only one more week left until the end of the competition. Don't forget to submit your entry to the website: big prizes lie ahead! For more information, please check our Awards page.

Considering that there are less than 10 days remaining until the end of the competition, starting today, July 22nd, and until the end of the month, all entries submitted shall be published within 24 hrs from their upload on our servers.

New upload round on Tuesday, July 21st!

July 17th: New entries are online!

Only two more weeks until the end of the competition! Where is YOUR entry?

New uploads on Tuesday, July 14!

View and vote - new entries are online!

Friday, July 10 is a new upload day!

Pablo from Spain has several colleagues coming from other countries, especially from Romania and asked whether he can make an entry about the events in Romania. Yes, you can, but you can also ask your relatives about changes in Spain in the 1980s, and they might tell you a lot about the way they perceived the consolidation of democracy or about the consequences of EU-accession.

New entries are online. Check them out on the View&Vote page!

First July upload on Monday 6th!

Our final monthly competition has started! Send your entry in JULY and you may also become the Winner of the Month!

Congratulations! June's Winners of the Month are Marchela Georgieva from Bulgaria, Bogdan Popescu and Vasile Bogdan-Viorel from Romania.

Last chance to cast your vote for your favorite June entry! Who will be this month's winner?

Way to go! 10.000 unique visitors until now for the current month, with an average of 470 visitors per day! Check out the new entries published today and decide June's Winner of the Month!!!

Larisa from Russia asked whether she should only seek for a political topic. Well, we think that it would be interesting to show how people from Russia began to be politically active in the 1980s, especially if you focus on stories from your community or family. But if you prefer something less political, this is fine with us. You should only start from one or more historical sources – a photo, a diary, a newspaper article etc. – and then present what these sources tell about the historical change in your country.

Next Upload: Friday, June 26th!

Next Upload: Monday, June 22nd!

Carl from Sweden wrote to us that his university is now located in a former military building, which has been turned to the education system after the end of the Cold War and the subsequent reduction of the military. He asked whether such a story of an indirect influence fits into our general theme. Yes, it does.

Jeanette from Belgium wrote that it is difficult for her to find original sources about the 1989 revolutions. This is true, but it should not be an impediment for participating. Change is broader than strictly the revolutions, so you can start from one or several photos from the 1980s, put these photos in the historical context they were produced, and outline the social change they document. Or, you can also investigate how the fall of communism was perceived in your country, community or family.

Next Upload: Friday, June 19th!

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A new upload round following on Monday, June 15!

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Next upload: Friday, June 12!

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On June 4, 1989, the Poles have won an overwhelming victory over their rulers in the first free elections in a still communist country. Twenty years later, Poland is on the second place in Europe with respect to the number of entries contributed to the 1989 – Images of change competition, but its potential is obviously higher. The competition team challenges young Europeans from Poland to live up to their glorious tradition, and win a victory as resounding as that of their elders in 1989.

May's Winners of the Month: Raluca Vasile (Romania), Jan Hlebowicz (Poland), Radu Alexandru Simionescu (Romania)!

June's first entries are online! Time is running short, where is YOUR entry?

First June-entries to be uploaded on Monday, 01/06/09!

Only 1 day left till the end of May's competition. Who will get the most votes this time?

Prof. Dr. Mirela-Luminita Murgescu, along with 2 of the Romanian competitors of the 1989-Images of Change competition, Pompiliu Constantin and Matei Gheboianu, attended the debate THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY - ROMANIAN YOUNGSTERS ON 1989, TWENTY YEARS AFTER, organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin within the program Geschichtsforum 1989-2009: Europa zwischen Teilung und Aufbruch. The debate took place on Friday, May 29, at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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Over 1500 votes cast for May's entries - Only a few more days until we find out who this months winners are!

May's last upload: Tuesday the 26th!

Who will be May's Winner of the Month? VIEW & VOTE!

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New uploads tomorrow, Friday May 22!

New entries to be uploaded on May 15th!

The organizers strongly encourage entries based on diaries and interviews of parents and relatives. A major aim of the “1989 Images of Change” competition is to collect information and to encourage the analysis of the experiences and feelings of normal people who lived on both sides of the “Iron Curtain” during the years 1980-1991. The EUSTORY Jury will certainly appreciate entries of this type!

New entries are online!

Next upload: Friday, May 8

ATTENTION! Only 1 vote per entry from the same person allowed! Multiple voting attempts using fraudulent measures lead to the withdrawal of illegal votes and/or entry disqualification!

New entries are online: check out the View&Vote page!

April's Winners of the Month: Katarzyna Ząbek (Poland), Radu Alexandru Simionescu (Romania), Anete Jekabsone (Latvia)!

Last chance to vote for your favorite entry!

April's voting round stops tomorrow. Next month's entries to be first uploaded on Friday, May 1st.

3 more days left to decide who shall be April's winners!

Over 700 votes for April's entries! Where is YOUR vote?

Today is April's last upload round. Check out and vote for the new entries!

Over 2000 unique visitors this month on!

Considering there's just one more upload in April - on Friday, April 24 - we invite you to send your entries soon and, of course, to give your vote for the entries that are already on the site! Who will be April's Winners of the Month?

Next upload on Friday, April 24!

Check out the new uploads on the View&Vote page!

Featured weblink of the week: - Europa 1989-2009. Aufbruch in ein neues Europa.

The 1989 - Images of Change Competition Team wishes you a Happy Easter!

Another new entry is online for voting! Next upload: Friday, April 17th.

Great headstart: almost 1000 unique visitors to the website for the first days of April, from European countries such as Germany, Romania, Latvia, Poland etc.

Next entries to be uploaded on Friday, April 10th!

Next entries to be uploaded on Friday, April 3rd!

We have the first 3 Winners of the Month: Matei Gheboianu (Romania, 109 votes), Milena Tatalovic (Serbia, 37 votes) and Oana Sorina Tulbure (Italy, 30 votes). You can view their entries on the View & Vote - Past Winners Page.

Round of voting stops on Tuesday, March 31st. Until then, you can still view, vote and comment on the already uploaded entries.

The first round of entries is online. On the View & Vote Page you can vote for and comment on them.

Pending entries to be uploaded on the View&Vote page on Friday, March 27th

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