Taking Apart the Berlin Wall: History, Memory, and Spies

Sun. March 22, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903


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Authors Paul Farber (A Wall of Our Own), Hope M. Harrison (After the Berlin Wall), and Steve Vogel (Betrayal in Berlin) share histories and cultural appreciations of the Berlin Wall, examining what it means to Americans, how activists have chosen to commemorate it, and digging deeply beneath it for a Cold War tale of wiretapping. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Paul Farber’s A Wall of Our Own brilliantly draws together the history of leftist politics, internationalism, and the Cold War to make clear the way a robust community of intellectuals understood the essential role of cultural politics in social transformation. This book is both a social history and a theoretical marvel. Farber’s critical dexterity, intellectual rigor, and imagination are exemplary and exciting.” —Imani Perry, author of May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem

“Hope M. Harrison’s superbly informed and often moving study of the Berlin Wall demonstrates that the issues of whom to honor and punish, how to memorialize, and how to integrate into the history of German dictatorship, have made its history a continuing site of political contestation. And poignantly today, a reminder of the era when we strove to tear down walls and not to build them.” — Charles S. Maier, Harvard University and author of Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany

“One of the most dramatic spy stories of the Cold War, superbly told by a real authority on the subject. Steve Vogel draws on his family background and reportorial expertise to recreate the paranoid atmosphere of divided Berlin and the wall that symbolized the superpower standoff.  With a cast of characters that could have come straight out of a John le Carré novel, this is a “mole versus mole” espionage tale like no other.” —Michael Dobbs, author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

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