Deadline extended: 30 September 2015
1 September 1939 is recorded in history books as the beginning of a hell on earth that men created for their fellow men. Mass executions, concentration camps, exterminations of people – a vast ocean of blood, pain, and tears.
As a result of a wave of strikes which swept across the whole of Poland, and especially Gdańsk and Szczecin’s shipyards, in August 1980 the communist authorities took the decision to begin negotiations with the opposition. Those talks resulted in the conclusion of four agreements, which came to be known as the August agreements. The main result of the agreements was the establishment of a trade union independent of communist party control and the legal right to strike. The August agreements opened a way to the registration of “Solidarność”.
The Slovak National Uprising (Slovak: Slovenské národné povstanie, abbreviated SNP) broke out on 29 August 1944 in Banská Bystrica. It was organised by Slovak resistance movement in order to stop the German occupion of Slovak territory and to overthrow the collaborationist government of Jozef Tiso.
On the night of 20/21 August 1968 troops of the Warsaw Pact under Soviet command invaded Czechoslovakia in order to suppress the Prague Spring – liberalisation reforms of Alexander Dubček's government.
The exhibition will be presented on the Karlsplatz in Vienna from 13 August to 4 September. In the heart of Austrian capital, a place with complex history in the 20th century, visitors will get a chance to learn about the complicated process through which Central and Eastern Europe regained its freedom from communist dictatorship.