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The Berlin Wall finally fell on November 9, 1989. One of the events that preceded this and made the fall inevitable was the opening of the border between Austria and Hungary in May of that same year by the Hungarian government. Besides partly bringing down of the Iron Curtain, the Hungarian government started itself the end of communism by deciding to move to a multi-party system. From this period are the ‘last breath of communism’ cans that depict the events in a concise manner. These in Hungary now even as souvenirs sold artworks are part of the exhibition ‘Rebels with a Cause’ (‘Wereldverbeteraars’) at the U.v.A.. To mark the 75th anniversary of the International Institute of Social History has a selection been made from the rich collection of the in its survival threatened archives, which by the I.I.S.H. are being secured and managed, from opposition movements from all over the world.
The last breath of communism – Hungary (1989).
The prison library from the ‘The Red Army Faction’ – Strammheim (1970).
Postcard send in 1906 by the PSR activist Lidya Kochetkova showing barricades in Moscow during the first Russian Revolution.
The exhibition at the Special Collections Department of the Library of the University of Amsterdam runs until January 30.