Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Wende Museum: Commemorating the Cold War

Tesla Radio
Stasi Briefcase
If you're down in the Southland, in L.A. (Culver City), check out the Wende Museum.  With an impressive collection, it preserves the cultural artifacts and personal histories of Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union to inform and inspire a broad understanding of the period and its enduring legacy.   "Wende," a German word meaning "turning point," refers to the collapse of communist East Germany in 1989 and the creation of a reunified German state a year later. The term more broadly represents the end of Soviet communism and the beginning of a new epoch in Eastern Europe and Soviet Bloc countries, an era marked by political changes with profound social and cultural consequences. In many ways, the “Wende” continues, making it an ideal name for a museum devoted to the Cold War-era and its present and future ramifications.  
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The German Language Economic Bonus: 3.8%

Read here to learn more about the calculation of a foreign language bonus for students of German, French, Spanish.  It's all about supply and demand and let's not forget the economic and production powerhouse that is the German economy!  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase - Saturday, October 11 in Japantown

For one evening only, enjoy 5 celebrated works from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in anticipation of January's (2015) 19th Annual Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.  Download the program here.  For more information about this showcase or the main event in January, click here

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cold War Still Hot in Berlin

In case you missed the SF Chronicle's report on Berlin and the "Ostalgie" that lingers still, click here for a quick tour through post-DDR Berlin and travel tips.

And here is a sobering film from 1960, made by the CIA, as propaganda in the Cold War.