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A former detention center of the Ministry of State Security. The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is located in a place that, unlike any other in Germany, is linked to the 44-year history of political persecution in the Soviet Occupied Zone (SBZ) and the GDR.
Distance to the bike path: 10 km
Since April 2001, the memorial has been open daily. On weekends and public holidays guided tours are offered every hour between 10 and 16 o'clock.
August 30, 2016
Here is the site of the former central remand center of the Ministry of State Security (MfS) of the GDR, which was formerly surrounded by a military restricted area. Critics of the SED such as the dissident Rudolf Bahro or the civil rights activist Bärbel Bohley were imprisoned here. In the maps of East Berlin, the area was marked as empty space. In October 1990, the prison was closed. In 1992 it was listed as a historical monument and declared a memorial in 1994.The historic prison complex can be visited with contemporary witnesses and historians as part of two-hour guided tours, a registration is required. The daily open permanent exhibition documents with free admission the experiences of the prisoners as well as the working and living environment of the prison staff. Changing special exhibitions are devoted to GDR history and topics of political persecution.
October 28, 2019
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