5741 Buckingham Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
Contact: Cristina Cuevas-Wolf
Manager of Collection Development
Web site: www.wendemuseum.org
A privately funded collection of artifacts, papers, and photographs documenting the roughly forty years during which the the German Democratic Republic (GDR) existed alongside West Germany (FRG) as a Soviet satellite under a planned economy and as a military dictatorship, prior to "reunification" (the "Wende" in German) with the West in 1990. Highlighted in the collections are passport control operations opposite "Checkpoint Charlie", the perpetual surveillance of its citizens, the "Stalinallee" and the "Palace of the Republic", the phenomenon of the Berlin Wall as flashpoint in the Cold War, as well as GDR achievements in art and material culture. The Museum owns a complete set of the Communist Party daily newspaper, "Neues Deutschland" along with several thousand books and journals published for East German readers, for whom travel was closely restricted.