Wall Pecking: Who Remembers the Berlin Wall?

The Wende Museum
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 4:00 pm

Join Consul General Hon. Wolfgang Drautz and Michael Cramer, Member of the European Parliament, for a conversation about what the Wall has come to mean for a younger generation of Germans and tourists of Berlin as well as the ways in which the Wall is still very much a part of Berlin's urban policies and LA's City landscape (referring to the Wende Museum's 10 Berlin Wall segments at 5900 Wilshire). The point of departure for the discussion is the book The Berlin Wall Today: Remnants, Ruins, Remembrances with a preface by Michael Cramer and photographs by Eva Schweitzer.

This public program is an opportunity to celebrate Hon. Wolfgang Drautz's contribution to the cultural interconnection between LA and Berlin, Germany and the U.S.

Biographical Notes

Wolfgang Drautz has been Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles since 2009. Prior posts of his Foreign Service career include the Consulate General in Chicago, IL, the embassies in Moscow, London and Brussels, and he served in various positions at the German Foreign Office headquarters in Bonn and Berlin. He earned his law degree as a graduate from the University of Freiburg.

Michael Cramer has lived in Berlin since 1974. He worked as a Grammar school teacher in the district of Neukölln until 1995. Early on, he joined the newly founded Alternative Liste, known today as Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Green Party) and became the party’s go-to politician for transportation issues and sustainable environmental policy. He was a member of the Berlin City Council, the Abgeordnetenhaus. In 2011, he published Berliner Mauer-Radweg, and Europa-Radweg Eiserner Vorhang in 2009. Since 2004, he has been a member of the European Parliament; he sits on the committee on transportation and tourism.

Space is limited. Reservations are required. Please respond by May 4 to RSVP@wendemuseum.org or by phone to (310) 216-1600 x 305. Free parking is available.