Profile: The Wende Museum

Justinian Jampol - Culver City Historical SocietyIn the early 1990s, the Cold War came to a dramatic end. Since then, historical landmarks have been torn down, statues have been vandalized and documents have been destroyed throughout Eastern Europe.

Founder and Executive Director Justinian Jampol established The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War as a non-profit organization in 2002. His mission has been dedicated to acquiring, preserving, and offering access to these materials of Cold War-era Eastern Europe, providing a unique way for students, scholars, journalists and political observers to investigate life and culture under communist rule.

Stu Freeman and Justin Jampol - Culver City Historical SocietyHoused in a facility on Buckingham Parkway in Culver City, the collection encompasses artifacts and archives from the former Warsaw Pact states and emphasizes life in the Soviet Union and East Germany during the Cold War. The collection includes over 100,000 objects and archival materials, including household consumer products, clothing, folk art, diaries and scrapbooks, political iconography, photo albums, posters, films, textbooks, paintings, sports awards and certificates and children’s toys, plus a 2.6 ton segment of the Berlin Wall painted by renowned wall artist Thierry Noir.

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