This Einwand Gallery exhibition features video interviews with witnesses of those times whose lives were variously bound up with "Radio Free Europe". Photos and documents paint a picture of how they had initially found their way to Munich and what their work for the US security services during the Cold War entailed. Many worked behind the scenes, as editors, technicians, or Eastern European news analysts. Their knowledge of Eastern European countries and languages placed them in an ideal position to contribute to psychological warfare during the Cold War. Through working at the stations, they could build a new life for themselves in Munich. Key moments in the lives of former employees are captured by some fascinating graphic novels created in collaboration with students from the Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung (College of Communication and Design) in Ulm and show just how their lives in post-war Munich were shaped by a struggle for a sense of belonging, loyalty, love, and recognition.
The history of immigration immediately after the end of World War II has hitherto received little attention from Germany’s city museums. Yet Jewish museums have examined this period in some depth from a Jewish perspective. Now, in the first initiative of its kind, the Münchner Stadtmuseum and Munich’s Jewish Museum have embarked on an exploration of post-war Munich in all its diversity through a project entitled “The Post-War Years and Migration in Munich”. A series of exhibitions will focus in on a variety of aspects of this wide-ranging theme. “Radio Free Europe. Voices from Munich during the Cold War” presents the project’s initial findings and selected items from its collection.
Sponsored by Kohlndorfer Stiftung, Institut für Stadtgeschichte und Erinnerungskultur
Cooperation partners: Institut für Stadtgeschichte und Erinnerungskultur, Stadtarchiv München, Münchner Volkshochschule, Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung (Ulm)