Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
1989 from a Different Angle – Storytelling as a Community Building Mechanism
On September 2, 2019, a group of 30 teachers and students from 12 different Eastern European countries visited the OSA . The group was participating in a program co-organized by the US State Department and World Learning. They had visited important East and Central European sites of the 1989 transition such as Prague, Bucharest, Timisoara and finished their tour in Budapest to collect the memories of 1989, the communism and post-communism through the eyes and experiences of those who were witnesses to those times.
At the archives the visitors participated in a workshop organized by colleagues about the underground movements of the late eighties related to Radio Free Europe (and Radio Liberty), the history of protest movements and samizdat making, listened to personal memories and got an insight of the Archives through a guided tour.