As the USAs investigative and information agencies remind us more and more about what life was like in Communist Central and Eastern Europe prior to 1989, I am preparing to write more about how to connect the past and present--while also tearing down some myths about the past that are already in too many textbooks.
Five years ago, I wrote a trilogy on my memories of Central Europe and the Collapse of the Soviet Dominated Regimes.
The first writing was called: Revolutions of 1989-Part 1: Tiananmen Square & After Effects in Europe
ABSTRACT: Aside from Jantzen's THE WRONG SIDE OF THE WALL: An American in East Berlin During the Time of the Peaceful Revolution, there has been far too little written which accurately portrays life in East Germany in the year leading up to the end of communist totalitarianism. Often in Western Textbook narrations, the role of the massacre in Beijing that same year diminished. Likewise, the role of church and students are ignored.
The second writing was:REVOLUTIONS OF 1989-Part 3: UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF UNCERTAINTY By Kevin Stoda, Germany
ABSTRACT: As 2009 continues, economic crises continue to be the main headlines. The same would have been true for Eastern Europea and the Soviet Union throughout 1989 (and years prior to that) but news was less critical and definately censored in those days. In the darkness of no news people could read between the lines and make person-to-person visits to comprehend that 1989 or thereafter meant consumerism and change.
read whole article here: On the 25th Anniversary of the Collapse of Communist Regimes in Many Parts of Europe