zsofi at cs.utwente.nl
Fri Dec 5 13:27:49 CET 2008
Hi Viola and others,
Is not the time slot too narrow? You and others refer to several events
well after 65.
Having lived (small child) in Hungary then, what I remember the most
(also of Prague, Romnania, ...):
- lack of colors, if there was color, it was like the Trabants - I am
still curious why this overwhelm of shift-like brown was: lack of other
pigments, colors as bourgeois label? I guess both.
- so different attitude to consuption, shopping (there was shortage of
almost everything) - and the parcels people got sometimes from the USA,
teh way to sell/exchange items
- the natural topic of who is in jail, has just left (among friends
only) - and the fear of the bell ringing in teh evening
- the unbelievable celebrations on all levels of 7 Nov and 4 April,
already at Kindergarten, how children learnt about Lenin at that age,
had to prepare for programs, the amount of red carpets, and the
inelegance of men (politicians all) - the style of these festive days,
incl. slogens painted on long walls,
- a 'Second Life' as the real life for many (well, mostly later):
talks, university in private homes, smuggled in Western literature,
music, some films, later creating posters, publications, to knwo where
to see a theather play or exhibition in a cellar or by a record or
journal which will be forbidden in 2 days - and a delicate social
network to distribute these. Also how for a B&W poster showing up in
town telling only "Richter gives concert on 12 August' the Music academy
got filled (people sitting in the staircase too) in deadly hot cucumber
season, in the dusty concert hall which got opened for the occasion.
I do recommend to gather some items form some East Blcok country. I
could suggest a few documentary films, not political, but about
every-day life, without much text.
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