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.
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.