Europeana 1989

We Made History!

30 years ago, a wall divided Europe in two. Following the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Iron Curtain, Europe reunited again.
Learn more about the revolutionary events of the period by deciphering, transcribing and annotating their fascinating, personal stories.


In 2019, the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the revolutionary events that significantly reshaped Europe. The year of 1989 is in many ways a historical year: walls crumbled, communism fell in Eastern Europe and free elections were held in many European countries for the first time. The people of Europe were finally united as they celebrated the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Europeana 1989 is a multinational and multilingual Run of the Enrich Europeana project that documents this recent, critical turning point in European history. It showcases memorabilia and stories connected to the fall of the Iron Curtain, which were collected from the European public beginning in 2015. The collection aims to create a vivid and complete picture of these pivotal events in Europe with personal stories, photos, videos and sound recordings from every country affected. By transcribing, annotating and geotagging this material, you can help others to better understand what it was like and to see events from a different perspective.

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