lIn our blog we try to give hints for foreign-language people which are interested in GDR history. We presented books or translate some of our blog articles into English. A new category we want to open for you is a hint to websites, institutions or museums which deal with the GDR in English or another foreign language.
I want to start with the website year1989.pl. It is created by the Insitute of National Remembrance of Poland and so the website is in Polish and English. The website has a focus on the year 1989 in Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania und the GDR. A preface on the main page gives an overview over the circumstances and political situation after the Second World War in the East of Europe. It tells about the Soviet influence and the building of the USSR.
The different countries are divided in separate chapters. Every chapter is for itself sectioned in subchapters. These subchapters are history, calendar, gallery, multimedia and links. So you can see also photos of the events and see the chronology of it. For Poland and Czechoslovakia there are documents in the respective local language, too. For us, the chapter about the GDR is the most interesting, but the others are really interesting, too. Above all the connection of the different countries in Eastern Europe and the focus on the year 1989 in these countries is a new outlook on the eventful history of this year.
In Germany the first thing which comes in mind when we hear 1989 is the fall of the Berlin Wall and the events in autumn. But not only in the GDR were trends against the government and the social situation. The people in other soviet states were also dissatisfied about many things and so there were a lot of people who went on the streets to demonstrate against the current conditions.
The year 1989 was therefore not only a year of destiny for the Germans but also for other people in the East of Europe and the former Soviet Union and it laid the foundation for the way to the democratization of these countries.