Farewell Comrades! (Book)

As part of the Farewell Comrades! Media Event the new book by György Dalos was published by C.H. Beck in September 2011.
The famous historian and writer György Dalos covers in six chapters the major events of the communist system in Europe between 1975 and 1991 and gives inside view into the everyday-life behind the Iron Curtain.

News

  • 01/2012 - “Farewell Comrades!” at Dragon Forum Warsaw

    “Farewell Comrades!” is still conquering the international fairs and markets! On January 27th Georg Tschurtschenthaler will present the TV-series and [...]

    "Farewell Comrades!" is still conquering the international fairs and markets! On January 27th Georg Tschurtschenthaler will present the TV-series and the web format together with our Polish co-production partner Krzysztof Kopczynski from Eureka Media at the Dragon Forum Warsaw.

    Website Dragon Forum Warsaw


  • 01/2012 - “Farewell Comrades” French version available on DVD

    Dear Comrades, if you want to watch the French version of the series episode by episode comfortably at home on [...]

    Dear Comrades, if you want to watch the French version of the series episode by episode comfortably at home on your sofa, order the DVD-box at ARTE-Éditions, it will be available on February 8th.

    Arte Éditions


  • 01/2012 - “Farewell Comrades! Interactive“ now online

    „Farewell Comrades! Interactive“ is an emotional documentary web format which offers an unique insight into day-to-day life beyond the Iron [...]

    „Farewell Comrades! Interactive“ is an emotional documentary web format which offers an unique insight into day-to-day life beyond the Iron Curtain. Have a look at our interactive web format:

    Homepage „Farewell Comrades! Interactive“


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Farewell Comrades! (Book)

November 28th, 1989 the communist government in Prague resigns and a cheering crowd puts up a banner at the Prague TV Tower carrying the slogan: “Poland – 10 years, Hungary – 10 month, Germany – 10 weeks, Czechoslovakia – 10 days.” The slogan would soon get supplemented: “Romania – 10 hours”.

This was the timeline of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of the Soviet empire. It was a very unspectacular end. Mikhail Gorbachev declared the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the communist governance in December 1991. Communism was not destroyed from the outside, it disintegrated from inside. It was not overwhelmed by foreign powers, it imploded and collapsed. No great armies, no invasion by NATO-troups or American missiles were necessary to defeat it, only the strength and the belief of the ones communism was supposed to bring happiness to. The book shows which powers lead to the collapse, how the cracks in the system got visible and how citizens and state powers reacted to it. In an exceptional chronological narration the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc are remembered, not only shedding light on the political developments, but also on everyday life and culture in late socialism.

György Dalos, born in 1943 in Budapest, lives as an independent writer in Berlin. He has received numerous prizes, among them the renowned „Albert-von-Chamisso Prize“ in 1995 and the „Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding“ in 2010.

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