Friday, 13 September 2013

Room 101 - Stasi Style

Here is a real 'Room 101'. Or rather, Cell 101 at the Stasi (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit MfS) -run Hohenschönhausen Remand Prison in Lichtenberg, East Berlin.


This was a prison where suspected dissidents to the Soviet regime of the DDR were 'disappeared' to and ruthlessly interrogated until a confession (real or invented) was obtained from them.

Not somewhere you would want to find yourselves in the times of East Germany, though nowadays you can visit this memorial site of Berlin's recent past.

The prison is featured in the extraordinary film The Lives of Others and in the book Stasiland by Anna Funder.

For a full account of our visit here see this blog post Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen - Stasiland.

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