The exhibition is organized at the National Museum of History of Moldova by the Embassy of Germany in the Republic of Moldova.
It is performed by the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, Deutschlandradio Kultur and the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship, Germany.
The 26 photo-documentation panels of the exhibition present a brief review of the European development in the twentieth century between dictatorship and democracy.
The twentieth century was full of events that changed the world. Oscillating between antagonistic manifestations, it became the century in which democracy was widespread, but the invasion of totalitarian regimes (fascist and communist) periodically destroyed democratic gains.
The authors of the exhibition by means of photographs and documents attempted to reconstruct the crucial moments of the twentieth century, which have made major political, economic social and military changes in Europe. The First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the establishment of the Weimar Republic, the establishment of the Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union, the establishment of a fascist regime in Italy, Great Depression, the rise of the National Socialists led by Hitler in Germany, the Second World War, persecution and extermination of Jews, the end of the war and the division of Europe, the Cold War, confrontation between capitalism and communism, the process of liberalization in Western Europe, the bankruptcy of the communist regime, European integration and the creation of the European Union - these are the topics covered in the exhibition.
The exhibition aims to promote the idea of building a united Europe based on historical values and remembering a common past, on the increasing intercultural dialogue and concepts such as tolerance, solidarity, democracy, equality of opportunity and mutual understanding. A united and social Europe is the only chance for a better future of our continent.