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Gedenkstätte Plötzensee

Plötzensee, named after the nearby lake where Berliners go bathing in the summer is the chilling prison where 3,000 people – mostly members of the anti-Nazi opposition - were brutally executed during Hitler’s Third Reich.
Gedenkstätte Plötzensee
© Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand

The beheadings and hangings took place in a room preserved here today as a memorial to the German victims of National Socialism.

The exhibition next door exhibition chronicles the perversions of the Nazi justice system, climaxing in the 1944 executions of over 100 people responsible for the failed assassination attempt on Hitler orchestrated by Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. For more detailed information on the many men and women who belonged to anti-Nazi resistance such as Thomas Mann, Sophie Scholl and Käthe Köllwitz it is worth while visiting the full documentation centre at the Bendler Block or German Resistance Memorial Centre (see Gedenkstätte Deutcher Widerstand).

Address: Gedenkstätte Plötzensee
Hüttigpfad 16
13627 Berlin
Phone: 030 26 99 50 00
Internet: www.gedenkstaette-ploetzensee.de 
Opening Hours: March-October: daily 9-17<br>November-February: daily 9-16<br>closed on public holidays
Admission Fee: Admission free
Guided Tours: no guided tours available

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Source: Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand, Bearbeitung: berlin.de
(Bilder: Accor Hotels; dpa; DDR Museum, Berlin 2013; BerlinOnline/argus/flashpics/fotolia.com; Antje Kraschinski)

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