Munich during the Cold War
In the postwar period, Munich developed into a center of (anti-communist) Eastern European exile. This attracted the attention of the Eastern European secret services, which carried out numerous bombings and assassinations in Munich until the 1980s. The students of the 18th cohort of the Elite Graduate Program for Eastern European Studies devoted a year of work to this comparatively unexplored part of Munich's urban history.
The goal was to provide insights into the history of Munich at the time of the Cold War, as well as to present the history of Eastern and Southeastern European migration to and entanglements with Munich. The work of the secret services in the context of Eastern European history in Munich was also examined. Overall, the focus was primarily on the Yugoslav and Ukrainian exile communities in Munich as well as the former premises of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
The students of the Elite Graduate Program "East European Studies" wrote texts about selected places, which were then recorded by professional speakers. The technical implementation of the digital city guide was carried out in cooperation with the berlinHistory app, which will ensure the sustainable availability of the content even after the course is over. The results of the project are available to the public in the berlinHistory app. Information on the individual locations is conveyed in the form of audio files, in particular the students' recorded texts, images and, in some cases, short text descriptions.
The finished Digital City Guide was presented to the public on October 7, 2022, as part of the academic conference "Eastern European Munich in the Postwar Period and the Cold War," organized in cooperation with the Munich City Museum and the Jewish Museum of Munich. The presentation took place at Oettingenstraße 67, at the former premises of Radio Free Europe.
Text: The students of 18th cohort of the Elite Graduate Program "East European Studies"