Generation Next: Young Minds, Bodies, and Souls after Communism

Twenty years ago next week, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was smashed. It marked the beginning of the end of a dream- for communists, the end of a nightmare- for many people who lived under Soviet domination.

Almost overnight, capitalism bloomed. Whole economies were redesigned, free speech flourished, unemployment soared and so did interest in organized religion. Billionaires popped up. Social safety nets were shredded. Neighbours found out who had been spying on whom.

Real elections were held. Here was democracy... or something like it.

Now, from the ashes of the old - still warm, still combustible - the young are building new worlds in Eastern Europe. Theirs is the first post-Soviet generation. They carry the weight of the past - its secrets and lies. And like the young everywhere, they dream about a different future.

In the second hour of our show this week, we presented the first hour in a series were calling Generation Next: Young Minds, Bodies and Souls after Communism. From Ukraine, Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Karin Wells and David Gutnick bring us the sounds, experiences, ideas and dreams of a special generation.

Here are some photos from this documentary series:

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