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Imagine that the internet, mobile phones and social media existed when World War II began

1939live is a website and a series of 5 short films that allow you to experience the events around the build-up to WWII and the first days of the war as if they were happening right now.
The project is entirely created from primary sources - letters, memoirs, diaries and other documents written by historical figures of the time. It is a completely new way to discover and understand history, using direct dialogue with historical voices who describe real events in real time free from the bias of historical interpretation. On the 80th anniversary, 1939live lets you experience those momentous events alongside the people who led the war and those who were its victims.

by Viasat World

by Future History studio

Title Partner

Viasat World team

  • Karin Heijink
  • Alexandra Sanchez
  • David Park
  • Stephen Roberts
  • Paul Evans
  • Ben Croucher-Phillips
  • Anna Walczyk
  • Carolyn Fursse
  • Lukasz Malisiewicz

Future History team

  • Mikhail Zygar

    Founder of Future History

  • Ivan Chuvilyaev


  • Daulet Zhanaidarov

    Senior Researcher

  • Marek Radziwon

    Consulting historian

  • Vera Makarenko


  • Oleg Koronny


  • Olga Terekhova

    Art director

  • Sergey Dmitriev

    Head of IT

  • Maria Shashaeva

    Chief Operating Officer
    Head of Marketing

  • Anna Bocharova

    Head of Video production

  • Alexander Smirnov

    Second director

  • Maxim Zudilkin
    Maxim Sergeev
    Ekaterina Loginova
    Nadezhda Ershova


  • Aya Gadymova
    Egor Shulgin
    Andrey Valkevich
    Roman Khegay
    Alexey Bochkarev

    Motion designer

  • Natalia Vasilieva
    Maria Rozhkova

    Photo researchers

  • Julia Zakrevskaya

    Video researcher

  • Irina Ivanova

    Head of Finance

  • Daria Besedina


  • Denis Panfilov


  • Fyodor Onufriev

    Sound producer

  • Vladimir Ozhereliev

    Legal counsel

ITSumma – backend and frontend development


Contact Viasat World
Future History Studio contact


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