1989 in a Day

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 9:30am - 6:00pm, IWM library
The program of “1989 in a Day”, curated by IWM Permanent Fellow Ludger Hagedorn, highlights crucial events of the year 1989 through personal recollections and examines their ongoing importance for current developments. It focusses on eight dates/events of the year, deliberately skipping the “Berlin – Fall of the Wall,” as this event retrospectively overshadows all others, which were not any less meaningful for later developments. The eight events aim to cover most of the Eastern European region.

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.

  • 10:00-11:00
    Hungary/Austria, 27 June
    First Breach in the Iron Curtain at the Austrian-Hungarian border
  • 11:00-12:00
    Yugoslavia, 28 June
    (In)famous speech by Milosevic on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo Polje
  • 12:00-13:00
    USSR/ Ukraine, 17 July
    Miners strikes in the Donbas
  • 13:00-14:00
    Poland, 24 August
    First non-communist government since 1948 elected in Eastern Europe
  • 14:00-15:00
    30 September
    Genscher’s Balcony speech in the  West-German Embassy in Prague
  • 15:00-16:00
    10 November
    Todor Zhivkov ousted and replaced by Petar (Petur) Mladenov
  • 16:00-17:00
    Czechoslovakia, 20 November
    Civic Forum rally in Czechoslovakia, estimate of 500.000 protesters
  • 17:00-18:00
    Romania, 25 December
    Nicolae Ceausescu and wife sentenced to death and executed

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Related events:

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.