The debate plans on 45 minutes for each date/event with two renowned speakers: one who was actively involved, a second one who was young/not born in 1989. Both speakers will start with personal observations that will be followed by a debate about the meaning of this date/event for today.
Hungary/Austria, 27 June
First Breach in the Iron Curtain at the Austrian-Hungarian border
Yugoslavia, 28 June
(In)famous speech by Milosevic on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo Polje
USSR/ Ukraine, 17 July
Miners strikes in the Donbas
Poland, 24 August
First non-communist government since 1948 elected in Eastern Europe
Germany/Czechoslovakia, 30 September
Genscher’s Balcony speech in the West-German Embassy in Prague
Bulgaria, 10 November
Todor Zhivkov ousted and replaced by Petar (Petur) Mladenov
Czechoslovakia, 20 November
Civic Forum rally in Czechoslovakia, estimate of 500.000 protesters
Romania, 25 December
Nicolae Ceausescu and wife sentenced to death and executed
On November 4 and 5, the IWM will further arrange two evening events dedicated to literary reflections on 1989 in cooperation with ÖGL (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur).
1989, fast wie im Roman, Teil I
4. November 2019, 18:00 Uhr
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur, Palais Wilczek, Herrengasse 5, 1010 Wien; in German, tba.
1989, fast wie im Roman, Teil II
5. November 2019, 18:00 Uhr
IWM, in German, tba.
The series of events will be concluded on November 7 with a political debate organized in cooperation with the Czech Embassy in Vienna:
How does 1989 influence today’s world?
November 7, in English, tba.