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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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Archive
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A former FDJ (GDR youth organisation) member formally
pledged " … to be properly ready to fulfil tasks within the
organisation's prison." Date: 4.6.1981.


The Memorial does not have any original records from the early years of imprisonment on the Hohenschönhausen site. The official records from the early prison phase are mainly stored in Moscow, while the Ministry of State Security (MfS) files are with the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the Former GDR National Security Service. However, the Memorial does collect ex-prisoner's oral histories and has an extensive collection of copied documents.

The Eyewitness Archive only holds personal records, including, for example, all the official records on individual prisoners, the transcribed interviews and other personal details. The collection comprises details of around 900 people, stored in a data base.

The Documentary Archive houses all the general records to do with the prison site, in particular, those issued by the Ministry of State Security (MfS), for example. These include instructions to staff on how to organize the prison regime, prison registers, reports on "specific incidents", training material, the duty roster, staffing schedules and annual staffing plans for the on-site service units, plus degree and doctoral theses by MfS staff. This material is also accessible via a data base.

The Memorial's Photo Archive comprises nearly 1500 historical photos, primarily outside and inside views of the prison. However, the majority of them were taken after the prison was closed. As yet, no interior photos have been found from the period when the prison was still in use. The photos are all available in digital form.
 
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