Wende Online – The Soviet Hippie Community Occupies ‘Cold War Spaces’ and ‘Friday Night Films’

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, hippie culture was so pervasive, it even spread to the Soviet Union. The Wende Online is bringing a generous week of programming to Culver City by focusing both Cold War Spaces, the Wednesday afternoon webinar and the Friday Night Film on the Soviet Hippie Movement. 

The hippie movement that captivated hundreds of thousands of young people in the West had a profound impact on the other side of the Iron Curtain, too. Within the Soviet system, a colorful crowd of artists, musicians, freaks, vagabonds, and other long-haired drop outs created their own system, which connected those who believed in peace, love, and freedom. More than forty years later, a group of eccentric hippies from Estonia take a road trip to Moscow, the hippies still gather annually on the first of June to commemorate the tragic events of 1971, when thousands of the Soviet hippies were arrested by the KGB.

Join the call on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12 p.m. PST for the nineteenth Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk. Juliane Fürst, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the department “Communism and Society” at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, will talk with Joes Segal, the Wende Museum’s Chief Curator and Director of Programming. To click in , go to /us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6315992584675/WN_IA7cTLnmQwWcO5gZ2-OwnQ

To screen the film, go to https://www.wendemuseum.org/programs/virtual-friday-night-films-wende

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