Imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen

Imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen

Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition "Testimonies of political persecution 1945-1989" provides vivid impressions of the experiences of former political prisoners in the Stasi remand prison in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen.

  • Imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen© Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen
  • Imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen© dpa
  • Imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen© dpa
  • Imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen© dpa
From 1945 to 1989, a secret restricted area was located in the Berlin district of Hohenschönhausen. Here, the former East German Ministry of State Security (MfS) or "Stasi" interrogated and kept mostly political prisoners. After the fall of the wall, the site was turned into the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, or "Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen".

Life and suffering in Hohenschönhausen's Stasi prison

The exhibition focuses on the suffering and experiences of the victims, most of whom were unexpectedly caught in the machinery of political persecution. On an exhibition area of 700 square meters, the exhibition shows about 500 exhibits, over 300 historical photos and 100 media stations. The offices of the former prison management are also on display.

Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen on the map

Genslerstraße 66
13055 Berlin
Opening Hours
Daily 09:00 - 18:00
Admission Fee
Guided Tours
Tours in English for individual visitors:
March to October daily at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30
November to February from Monday to Friday 14:30, Saturday & Sunday 11:30 and 14:30
Besucher vor Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen
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Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial

A visit to the former Stasi prison is a chilling reminder of the fate of the thousands who fell victim to political persecution in the former East Germany. more

Last edited: 29 April 2021