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Berlin Wall segments arrive in Los Angeles

October 17, 2009 |  8:20 am

Wall Project Original Segments

You could drive to 5900 Wilshire to see segments of the real Berlin Wall, which have been donated to Culver City's Wende Museum of the Cold War and will be part of the museum's Wall Project, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Or you could rely on Culture Monster for a first glimpse of the segments being installed after dark Thursday (photo above)  in time for a little ceremony Friday hosted by museum founder Justinian Jampol, City Councilman Tom LaBonge and Wolfgang Drautz, Los Angeles consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany.

Together the 10 sections (40 feet) of the original Berlin Wall represent the largest chunk of the original wall outside Germany.  They can be viewed free through Nov. 14, as an adjunct to the symbolic recreation and fall of the Berlin Wall that will take place across Wilshire Boulevard on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 11 p.m. to midnight.

-- Diane Haithman

Photos: Segments of the original Berlin Wall installed at 5900 Wilshire. Credit: Michael B. Whalen

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