Πλέβεν, Βουλγαρία

"Contemporary Witness DIALOGUE"

Regional library "Hristo Smirnenski" | 26/02/2019

In an emotional conversation with Vasco Krapkata ("The Huckle") the students learned more about the decisive year of the democratic change in 1989. The meeting of the Pleven students on 26th February, 2019 with the famous blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, front man of the Sofia rock band "Poduene Blues Band", Vasil Georgiev, popularly known as Vasko the Patch, was extremely emotional. This made history come alive. The event was hosted by Regional Library Hristo Smirnenski in Pleven.

The musician was a witness to the "revolutions" of the 20th century, which brought together young people from five schools and grammar schools in Pleven: from the Vocational Schools of Restaurant, Commerce and Service, Vocational School of Electronics and Chemical Technologies, Secondary School "Ivan Vasov", State School of Finance and Economics "Intellect" and Secondary School "Yavorov".

"I do not measure my life by what I have contributed, because I do not think about these things. But I love the life I have lived. I'm glad we're living in interesting times. I am against defeatist thinking, against the depression that has overwhelmed the nation". "The best thing that happened on the planet after the Second World War is the United Europe, and the best thing that ever happened to us is that we are part of it", concluded the musician.

At the final, Vasco played two more of his legendary songs – "No Going Back" and "Let It Be Light". The meeting ended with many group and individual photos and autographs.

International event "History of Europe in DIALOGUE with its future – contemporary witnesses-DIALOGUE"

Hall "Europe" of the secondary school "Ivan Vazov" | 21/11/2019

On 21st November, 2019, students of the ninth and tenth grades of the Ivan Vazov Middle School in Pleven had the opportunity to hear live the exciting description of a personal odyssey of a prisoner of totalitarianism in Bulgaria, told by his daughter, Mrs. Stanimira Radulova-Valcheva.

Mrs. Valcheva is a lecturer at the Panayot Pipkov School of Arts in Pleven. She shared the experiences of her father, Tsvetan Radulov, who was imprisoned in the Kucian and Bogdanov Dol camps at the age of 20 after unsuccessful escape attempts across the border. The fact that he studied at the American College in Sofia before 9th September, 1944, left its mark on him and limited his development. With a strong will to live and freedom, he survives and thanks to his tenacity, ingenuity and luck, he still manages to realize his dream of becoming an actor. What he shared with his daughters and only 30 years later, how they felt the lack of freedom, hypocrisy and falsehood, the pressure of the "people's militia" of the totalitarian years, Stanimira Valcheva shared in front of a silent audience. According to her narrative, which was applauded, the students could view an album of the American College with photos of faculties and students of the College.

Διάλογοι Σύγχρονων Μαρτύρων

Πλέβεν, Βουλγαρία

Πρόσωπα και ιστορίες της Ευρώπης

Όλοι οι εταίροι μαζί με τους μαθητές αναζήτησαν σύγχρονες μαρτυρίες που θα μπορούσαν να μιλήσουν από τις εμπειρίες τους για τη Χούντα των Συνταγματαρχών στην Ελλάδα, τη μετάβαση στην Κοινοβουλευτική Δημοκρατία στη Βουλγαρία, την Πτώση του Τοίχους του Βερολίνου και την Επανένωση της Γερμανίας.

Νέοι πολίτες από την Ελλάδα, τη Βουλγαρία και τη Γερμανία έλαβαν μια ιστορική εικόνα της ΕΕ και των σημαντικών ορόσημων της. Η εθνική ταυτότητα έγινε αντιληπτή ως μέρος της ευρωπαϊκής ταυτότητας. Δημιουργήθηκε ένα ερωτηματολόγιο για τον διάλογο με τους μάρτυρες και οργανώθηκαν οι καταγραφές των συνεντεύξεων.

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Πλέβεν, Βουλγαρία

Radio campaign "Faces and stories of Europe – Stories of challenges – shaping the future of Europe with contemporary witnesses"

Radiointerview with Penka Spasova on Darik Radio Pleven | 26/11/2019

Interview-time: 10 minutes

From the interview:
"We have experienced the faces and stories of the so-called revolutions of 1968 and 1989 and the events after the fall of the Berlin Wall. We were looking for interesting conversation partners who wanted to tell us their stories, hopes and disappointments, how they lived and what restrictions they had with regard to freedom, dictatorship and peace …".