Ag fás aníos san Eoraip, 1945 go dtí seo
Le 70 bliain anuas, tá daoine óga san Eoraip tar éis athrú ó ghrúpa ar mhúnlaigh an stair a saol, go grúpa a dhéanann an stair iad féin. Clúdaítear sa taispeántas ceithre ghlúin de dhaoine óga den sórt sin a tháinig in aois ag tráthanna ríthábhachtacha i scéal na hEorpa: ag deireadh na 1940idí, na 1960idí, na 1980idí agus na 2000idí. Pléann sé buntaithí na hóige; ó hoideachas agus fostaíocht, go dtí cruthú féiniúlachta agus aimsiú grá.
Is cinnte go raibh tionchar ag polaitíocht, sochaí, cultúr agus eacnamaíocht an ama ar a leithéid de thaithí. Is mór an difear idir a bheith óg sa tsochaí rachmasach agus shaor agus a bheith óg faoi thionchar bochtaineachta nó leatroim pholaitiúil.
Ar fud na hEorpa, roghnaigh daoine óga scaradh le luachanna a dtuismitheoirí agus breathnú orthu féin mar ghlúin ar leith - ‘mo ghlúinse’. Chruthaigh siad a gcultúr féin lena chuid luachanna féin; luachanna a raibh daoine óga réidh chun troid nó chun bás a fháil ar a son.
Cé gur daoine óga is ábhar don taispeántas seo, ní do dhaoine óga amháin atá sé. Bhíomar go léir inár ndaoine óga uair amháin, agus cé nach maireann an óige ach seal, is annamh a dhéantar dearmad uirthi.
Europe’s Quiet Generation?
The Second World War had deeply traumatised young people and their families. Loved ones were lost or separated from each other, the infrastructure of daily life laid in ruins. Against the backdrop of scarcity and shortage, young people were getting on with their lives. Wedding dresses made out of parachute silk and cardboard wedding cakes symbolise the struggle to create a sense of stability and normality.
Unfortunately, the end of the war did not always mean the end of violence and peace for everybody. Struggles of in the form of wars and opposition movements continued in many countries. Instead of enjoying the long-desired freedom, young people were again affected by violence and severe punishments. In newly established communist regimes in Eastern Europe young people became involved in a number of resistance movements, both peaceful and armed.
He was carrying the saw on his back during a sudden raid. Kokk got shot but the saw stopped the bullet and he was unharmed. However, in 1949 Kokk was deported to Siberia, where he died.
In the immediate aftermath of the war, a specific youth culture did not yet exist in Europe. However, newly emerging youth cultures influenced by America attracted wide scores of Europe’s youth who wished to express their individuality and opposition to the conformity of society. Different subcultures emerged in almost every country: Teddy Boys and Rockers in the UK, Blousons noirs in France, Teppisti in Italy, Nozem in the Netherlands, Halbstarken in Germany, Bikinarze in Poland, Jampecok in Hungary, Malagambisti in Romania, Potápkas or Páseks in Czechoslovakia, and Stilyagi in the Soviet Union.
Authorities in East and West were alarmed by the rise of the youth subcultures. Increasingly, government and the police viewed these young people as hooligans and juvenile delinquents, and harassed them because of their appearance.
Europe’s young people and youth movements expressed a desire for peace, which would only be fulfilled by them acting across national boundaries. Youth was depicted as beautiful, strong, and — with peace symbols — united internationally in the fight for freedom. International youth camps and youth meetings were organised across Europe as a means of post-war reconciliation.
The Cold War changed this situation as Soviet domination gripped Eastern Europe, isolating it and disrupting broad international exchange. Youth and young people became a key weapon in the propaganda war between East and West.