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Spendenkonto
Sparkasse Berlin
BLZ 100 500 00
Kto.-Nr. 0190 205 741

Ihre Spende fließt an den Förderverein Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, der damit unsere Arbeit unterstützt. Vielen Dank!

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Foundation History
The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is a product of the peaceful revolution in eastern Germany. If the people of the GDR had not gone out to demonstrate on the streets in autumn 1989 and had not forced free elections, the site might still be the GDR's main Ministry of State Security (MfS) remand prison today.

In the early 1990s, former inmates took up the cause of turning the remand prison into a memorial. In 1992 the prison compound became a listed historical site and in 1994, it first opened its doors to visitors. In December 1995, the Berlin Senate Department of Science, Research and Culture initiated steps to set up a Foundation – a move that marks the start of the Memorial's work as an institution. The Federal Government and the Berlin State Government both contributed equally to funding the Memorial. A working group of scholars and researchers produced a report detailing the overall concept for the Memorial's future work; this report was taken as the basis for the law then passed by the Berlin State parliament in June 2000 that set up the "Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial" Foundation. For the first few years, the Memorial was headed by Dr. Gabriele Camphausen. Afterwards, Mechthild Günther took over as provisional director until September 2000, when the Board of Trustees appointed the historian Dr Hubertus Knabe as the first Executive Director.

Sperrgebiet

 
Political prisoners today

Political prisoners today

In cooperation with
amnesty international

The Prohibited District
Proh.District
The Stasi Restricted Area Berlin-Hohenschönhausen

Please note that, as yet, it is only possible to tour the Memorial in a group - click here for details