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A year like any other? No, there is no harmony of years. Neither economically, nor metereologically, nor politically. The years resemble rather the ups and downs of a stock market. And some even recall the pattern of a life approaching its end: for me, 1991 was definitely a year with a downward trend. The GDR was deleted from the book of history and on its way into a footnote after the signing of the so-called Treaty of Unification by the chief negotiators of the FRG and the GDR, Wolfgang Schäuble and Günther Krause. For forty years it had been my life and my identity, it had been my way out of a small village in Brandenburg into the capital of the country and onto the heights of science. It had also been the way to my personal happiness. 

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The European Memories project aimed above all to spread the passion for telling one’s story and the desire to explore different forms of expression, now available to everyone thanks to the spread of digital technologies. This is without doubt the first step in a journey that can involve us both as individuals and as part of society, as we discover that in every story, including our own, there is a heritage of experience and knowledge that we can share with others.
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This publication is a result of the project “European Memories - A European Archive of Memories, for the development of social and civic competences of European citizens”.


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