25 Years After. The Baltic Way and the Collapse of Totalitarian Communism


The international conference “25 Years After. The Baltic Way and the Collapse of Totalitarian Communism: European Memory and Political Inspiration” will take place in the Great Hall of the University of Latvia at 10 a.m. on the 21st of August and at the Corner House at 10 a.m. on the 22nd of August. The conference is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the unique statement of the aspirations for freedom and the restoration of statehood made by the Baltic people 25 years ago.

The first day of the conference will analyse the development models chosen by the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe, and their achievements over the past 25 years, as well as the most important lessons taught by the geopolitical reality of today.

The second day of the conference will be made up of two thematic divisions. The first will look into the individual under totalitarian rule, and the opportunities the individual has – collaboration, adaptation and resistance. The second part will deal with collective European memory. The past several decades have shown that equal treatment of crimes perpetrated by Communists and Nazis is one of the main challenges faced by the emerging collective European memory.

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 21.08.2014 07:00

Ends: 22.08.2014 16:00


  • University of Latvia
  • Corner House on Brīvības street

Form of event:

  • Discussion / Lecture

Category of event:

  • History

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

During the fifty years of the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union, the KGB headquarters in Riga, also known as the Corner House, became a prominent symbol of totalitarian power that, in the 21st century Riga, still stands to bear testimony to total war, mass persecutions and genocide. 2014 is the right time to change the destiny of the Corner House, to open the doors and face the experience and fates concealed therein in order to profoundly understand and recreate them. The Corner House will be open to the public from the 1st of May to the 19th of October, presenting the Occupation Museum's exhibition (admission free of charge), guided tours "In the KGB Basements", and five more exhibitions - "(Re)construction of Friendship", "A Latvian's Suitcase", "In Spite of All”, "Ten Objects' Stories of Person and Power” and "The Museum of Fateful Objects”, which present different interpretations of the relationship between the individual and the power in the past that still affects the people of the present day.

Web address: http://www.riga2014.org/balticwayconference



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