1990 / Year One

On 18 and 19 November, the results of the ‘1990/Year One’ project were presented in Berlin during two events aimed at teachers from Germany and Poland.

On 18 November, at Schönhausen Palace, during a conference organised for German and Polish teachers, Dr Robert Żurek talked to Markus Meckel, East German oppositionist, participant in the Central Round Table and, after the first free elections, GDR foreign minister. The starting point for the discussion was the German experience of the democratic transition initiated in 1990.

At the Palace, the exhibition ‘1990. Birth of a New Europe’ was also presented.


We would like to invite you to visit the exhibition '1990: The Birth of a New Europe', which is presented in the Palace in Krzyżowa.

It brings us closer to the changes of 1990, a year which was a turning point in overcoming the communist legacy and shaping democracy in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, on the example of the history of Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Lithuania.

The exhibition '1990: The Birth of a New Europe' is a mobile exhibition, available in Polish and English.

It is presented in the Palace, on the second floor, just in front of the May Hall.

The exhibition is accompanied by the website www.year1990.eu

On 19 May, at the New Horizons Cinema in Wrocław was held a special screening of the documental film "Mariupol", followed by a discussion "Long-term consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union", with the participation of:

  • Dr Anna Ursulenko (University of Wroclaw)
  • Dr. Łukasz Kamiński (University of Wrocław)
  • Laurynas Vaičiūnas (College of Eastern Europe)

The event was attended by 332 participants from Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania.

The year 1990 was a turning point in overcoming the communist legacy and shaping democracy in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe together with its partners in the project "1990 / Year One", Stiftung Adam von Trott, Imshausen e.V. (Germany) and Post Bellum (Czech Republic) have prepared educational materials for history and social studies teachers and all those interested in Europe's recent history.

Three versions of the materials, prepared especially for Polish, German and Czech schools, were created at the same time. They contain lesson and workshop scenarios, as well as a historical essay whose aim is to present the events which took place in Central and Eastern Europe in 1990. Materials prepared for Lithuanian youth are also to be published soon.

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