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Wende Museum

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Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War
Photograph: COLEMAN-RAYNER Wende Museum

An earnest exhibition compiled by a young, Cold War–obsessed academic, this small collection is somewhat appropriately located in an anonymous office park, making it feel like an undercover operation. There are Stasi artifacts here, along with propaganda posters, remnants of the East German counterculture and segments of the Berlin Wall. “Wende” is the German word for “turning point,” referring to the period from the fall of the Wall to reunification, though the museum focuses more closely on the Cold War period in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. So why is it in LA? According to founder Justinian Jampol, the geographic remove lends critical distance. Case in point: the Wende’s acquisition of East German ruler Erich Honecker’s personal papers, which Honecker requested be housed in a non-German institution.

By: Jade Chang


Venue name: Wende Museum
Address: 5741 Buckingham Pkwy
Ste E
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Fri 10am-5pm; Mon-Thur 10am-5pm by appt only
Price: Free
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