International Spy Museum @ 800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
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This evening, join Vin Arthey, author of Abel: The True Story of the Spy They Traded for Gary Powers; Powers son Gary Powers, Jr. author of Letters from a Soviet Prison; John Donovan and Mary Ellen Fuller, son and daughter of James B. Donovan, who told the story in Strangers on a Bridge, and other family members for an in-depth look at the most famous spy trade in history.
On February 10, 1962, Rudolf Abel, Francis Gary Powers, and James B. Donovan took the world stage at the Glienicke Bridge between Potsdam in East Germany and West Berlin. All were key players in a critical moment of Cold War History: the trade of Soviet spy Abel for US pilot Powers as depicted in Seven Spielberg s 2015 Bridge of Spies movie. KGB officer Abel had been serving a 30 year sentence in the US for atomic espionage; Powers had been shot down flying a U-2 spy plane over the USSR for the CIA and was serving a 10 year sentence in a Soviet prison; lawyer Donovan negotiated the spy swap. You ll also have the opportunity to see the suitcase Powers carried with him over the Glienicke Bridge on loan from his son; as well as Abel s sketchbook, paintings, and other personal artifacts on loan from Vin Arthey prior to the program.
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