25 years after the nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl, the accident and its consequences still remain frightening. According to the latest alarming news after the earthquake in Japan, the discussion about nuclear energy is more vivid than ever. EUSTORY alumni found out a lot about the disaster in the framework of the Internet seminar “25 Years After Chernobyl”. In Berlin the students met for a workshop and prepared a virtual exhibtion.
“It was a usual day. Natalya was spending it in a vacation outside Lviv with her mother. Natalya didn’t remember that something was unusual, except the big wind, which was blowing in the back, and a big sun shinning in the front. The day was really very hot”.
“In these days you go and check the internet first before you talk with your friends and family.” – Donald Polfliet, Belgium.
What about 25 years ago? The following interviewees are to show the collective memory of the students during the Chernobyl accident.
Five participants of our internet seminar, according to the task, managed to conduct interviews with the liquidators of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident. Those interviews are unique, because they introduce the people, who have directly faced with the Chernobyl NPP and whose work was to liquidate the awful consequences of the accident.
European newspaper clippings with the first information about Chernobyl
The Chernobyl tragedy happened on 26 April 1986 but much time passed before the European countries got any information about it. The main reason for that fact was that the Soviet government didn’t have any idea how to handle such a catastrophe. Only several days later step by step the information was circulated by radio and newspapers.
After four months hard and intensive work on the internet platform we are almost ready to publish some results. We will start with some information about how people all around Europe found out about the catastrophe and how it changed their lives. We will also report about the media coverage in Europe right after the accident.
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Have a look at the interactive homepage of the Chernobyl museum in Kiev here…
Before the internet seminar started, 30 young people from all over Europe went on a study trip to Belarus to research the consequences of the catastrophe on the spot.
You can read a report about that trip here…
What four of them have experienced during the interviews with liquidators, read here…