There were many times in the life of philanthropist Dr Jan Telensky that he thought he might never be able to return home.
George Orwell’s quote ‘all revolutions are failures’ has often been used on the anniversaries of the Velvet Revolution and the subsequent the fall of the Berlin Wall marking the collapse of the Soviet empire.
List of the important events as they have happened around the world in 1989.
This is by Franklin Orosco who tells of his arrival in Slovakia in 1989…
The story of a young man who died almost two decades before freedom arrived.
In some ways this man was the architect of peace before the gentle revolution… but his death for many leaves unanswered questions
In 1989 on a grey November day, thousands of students gathered in the Czechoslovak capital, Prague, to recognise International Students’ Day.
…Well, I’m stuck here gents, in the last Starbucks at the World’s End. I’m drinking hallucinogenic brandy in my cappuccino. This is a very strange posting indeed. God, I’m bored. Just me, Starbucks, hallucinogenic brandy and these snow-capped mountains. I’m thousands of miles away from anywhere anybody’s ever heard of. […]
Alexander Dubcek had a dream – and one day it came true. Sadly, it lasted only four months but he had given Czechoslovakia a small taste of freedom. The dream ended overnight on 21 August 1968. The Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia killed hundreds of people, many callously run over by […]
History shows hundreds of people died in the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Perhaps we’ll never really know how many. But we do know that a large number of them were callously run over by Russian tanks and war machines. This was the “normalisation” of society by the USSR and life […]