European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
Freedom Express Study Trip took place in September 2014 with 20 young Europeans going in the footsteps of the events from 1989, when the communism fell in East-Central Europe. Representatives from Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Costa Rica, Moldova, Hungary and the United Kingdom undertook a two-week journey visiting six countries of the former eastern bloc.
Time was spent in meetings and workshops, discussing and exchanging opinions, trying to experience the atmosphere of late 1980s. The group reported their thoughts, emotions and opinions connected with the journey on a blog, see www.1989.enrs.eu/blog.
The Study Trip was part of the socio-educational campaign organized by European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.
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About the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS), from their website:
ENRS was created by the ministers of culture of Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Its purpose is to document and promote the study of 20th-century history and how it is remembered. Our fields of interestcentre on times of dictatorial regimes, wars, and resistance to oppression.
We promote the process of learning about history through international exchange of knowledge, and through discussions about how to remember and commemorate the recent past. Our aim is to contribute to the creation ofaninternational community of memory that will take in the variety of experiences of Europe’s nations and states. Such an approach is only possible when all of its members accept solidarity as the fundamental principle governing both thought and action. To adopt this principle is to explore the experiences of others and to respect those who view the past differently, or have other ways of interpreting and experiencing it. The Network’s aim is to create opportunities for comparing and contrasting national images of history and for allowing them to complement each other. It does not intend to produce a uniform, normalised European interpretation of history. This way the Network helps to resolve misunderstandings on historical issues, and to abolish stereotypes through building mutual respect and improving understanding among Europeans.