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Where Were You When

Where were you when..? Looking at decisive events throughout history, we create a caleidoscope of individual stories and experiences. This mosaic shows how “big” history impacts our personal lives.

Where Were You When… The Transition of 1989 Took Place in Europe?

This year marks the 30th birthday of the fall of the Berlin Wall which divided Germany  for more than 25 years in two parts: the German Democratic Republic (GDR) being part of the Soviet, the  Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) being part of the Western sphere. However, this was not the only turning point for the people living in Europe during the time of the transition of 1989-1991. Even...

Where Were You When… the war in Ukraine began?

The conflict between Ukraine and Russia is back on the international agenda. We are looking back to the beginnings: Voices of young Ukrainians directly affected by war.

Where Were You When…the Bosnian War Began?

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Bosnian war. In April 1992, after the Bosnian parliament declared independence from what remained of former Yugoslavia, Serb forces began to siege the city of Sarajevo. The war soon spread across the country and lasted over three-and-a-half years and claimed more than 100 000 victims. We asked people from Bosnia and Serbia to share their...

Where Were You When… The Troops of the Warsaw Pact Invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968?

The 27th anniversary of the beginning of the Velvet Revolution in then Czechoslovakia on 17 November 1998 brings back memories of a less peaceful uprising in 1968. Reconsidering the past, young Europeans have been asking to the people on Pragues streets: Where were you when the troops of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia on 21 August 1968?

Where were you when…9/11 happened?

On September 11, 2001 a terrorist attack shook New York, the USA and the entire world: Two planes were directed into the World Trade Center in New York City killing and injuring thousands. It was a watershed moment. 9/11. In 2016 junior year high schoolers will be taught about the act as a historical event that they weren’t yet alive to witness.

Where Were You When … Tito died?

Regardless of whether they were on their way in the city, at work, at home or hanging out with friends on the playground, the vast majority of the population of the former Yugoslavia still clearly remembers where they were, what they were doing and how they felt the moment they found out that Tito died.