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A crane removes part of the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate, 1989
A crane removes part of the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate, 1989

Source: Public Domain-U.S. Government

A nearly empty meat store in Poland in the 1980s
A nearly empty meat store in Poland in the 1980s

Source: Public Domain

A Romanian Flag with the Soviet Symbol, the Hammer and Sickle, cut out of the center during a protest in 1989
A Romanian Flag with the Soviet Symbol, the Hammer and Sickle, cut out of the center during a protest in 1989

Source: Creative Commons License 2 (Poland)

A Statue of Stalin's Boots in Memento Park, Budapest, 2007
A Statue of Stalin's Boots in Memento Park, Budapest, 2007

Source: GNU license (wikipedia.org)

Alexander Dubcek, President of Czechoslovakia during 1968, the "Prague Spring"
Alexander Dubcek, President of Czechoslovakia during 1968, the "Prague Spring"

Source: Fair Use, no other image available for public figure.

An organized mass demonstration at Wenceslas Square in Prague during the Velvet Revolution, November 1989
An organized mass demonstration at Wenceslas Square in Prague during the Velvet Revolution, November 1989

Source: GNU license

Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, November 9, 1989
Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, November 9, 1989

Source: Creative Commons (user Sue Ream)

Imre Nagy statue at Martyr's Square, Budapest, facing the Parliament building
Imre Nagy statue at Martyr's Square, Budapest, facing the Parliament building

Source: Public Domain (wikipedia.org)

Joseph Stalin, Secretary-general of the Communist party of the USSR (1922-1953), 1943
Joseph Stalin, Secretary-general of the Communist party of the USSR (1922-1953), 1943

Source: Public Domain-U.S. Government

Lech Walesa, Founder of Solidarity (an indepedent trade union in Poland), winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and first President of Poland, 1990-1995
Lech Walesa, Founder of Solidarity (an indepedent trade union in Poland), winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and first President of Poland, 1990-1995

Source: Creative Commons License

Leonid Brezhnev, Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR, 1964-1982
Leonid Brezhnev, Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR, 1964-1982

Source: Creative Commons 3.0 (wikipedia)

Nicolae Ceausescu, President of Romania from 1965-1989
Nicolae Ceausescu, President of Romania from 1965-1989

Source: Creative Commons License

Nikita Khrushchev, Secretary of the Communist Party, 1953-1964 (1963)
Nikita Khrushchev, Secretary of the Communist Party, 1953-1964 (1963)

Source: wikipedia.org

Polish Military Leader (1969-1985) Wojciech Jaruzelski declaring Marshall Law in Poland in 1981
Polish Military Leader (1969-1985) Wojciech Jaruzelski declaring Marshall Law in Poland in 1981

Source: Public Domain

political poster produced by Hungarian Fidesz (Alliance of Young Democrats) in 1990. The poster suggests "Tessék választani" ("Let's choose") between kissing Communist leaders (USSR's Brezhnev and East Germany's Honecker) and kissing lovers
political poster produced by Hungarian Fidesz (Alliance of Young Democrats) in 1990. The poster suggests "Tessék választani" ("Let's choose") between kissing Communist leaders (USSR's Brezhnev and East Germany's Honecker) and kissing lovers

Source: Public Domain (wikipedia.org)

Pope John Paul II's (Karol Józef Wojtyla) first trip to his native Poland as Pope, 1979
Pope John Paul II's (Karol Józef Wojtyla) first trip to his native Poland as Pope, 1979

Source: Public Domain

Remnants of the Berlin Wall in Potsdamer Platz, 2009. The white paint in the upper corner reads "At this place, the first hole in the Berlin Wall was created."
Remnants of the Berlin Wall in Potsdamer Platz, 2009. The white paint in the upper corner reads "At this place, the first hole in the Berlin Wall was created."

Source: Creative Commons (user Jorge Lascar)

Romanian Leader Nikolai Ceaucescu fleeing during the 1989 Romanian Revolution
Romanian Leader Nikolai Ceaucescu fleeing during the 1989 Romanian Revolution

Source: Public Domain (wikipedia.org)

Stalin's toppled statue in Budapest during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
Stalin's toppled statue in Budapest during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

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The 1989 Round Table Talks in Poland, where leaders of Solidarity and the Communist Party worked out a more shared system of government for Poland
The 1989 Round Table Talks in Poland, where leaders of Solidarity and the Communist Party worked out a more shared system of government for Poland

Source: Public Domain

The Berlin Wall, 1986
The Berlin Wall, 1986

Source: GNU license (user Theirry Noir)

Todor Zhivkov, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, 1954-1989
Todor Zhivkov, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, 1954-1989

Source: Romanian National Archive

U.S. President John F. Kennedy (fourth from right) visits the Berlin Wall in 1963
U.S. President John F. Kennedy (fourth from right) visits the Berlin Wall in 1963

Source: Open Source-from the U.S. Government

Vaclav Havel, First President of Czech Republic
Vaclav Havel, First President of Czech Republic

Source: Public Domain (wikipedia.org)

Worker's Strike in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, 1980
Worker's Strike in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, 1980

Source: Public Domain (wikipedia.org)