Stasi Museum

Hidden Berlin Facebook and Instagram feeds (18 April 2016)

Way out in Lichtenberg, there’s a museum so off the beaten track you’d probably never stumble across it unless you’d actively sought it out… but then, that’s kinda the whole idea. During Germany’s Cold War, this was the smouldering core of the GDR’s Ministry for State Security (MfS). But now? Well, security’s slackened a bit. House 1 of the former MfS headquarters now plays host to Berlin’s “Stasi Museum.” Learn how Germany’s collapse after WWII gave rise to an SED dictatorship in East Berlin – and the terrifyingly inventive ways this dictatorship monitored its citizens. Wires in walls, spies disguised as European tourists… it’s hard to believe this isn’t the plot of some far-fetched espionage film – and even harder to believe it all happened just one generation ago. The eeriest part? On Level 2 of the exhibition, you’ll find the actual offices and living quarters of Erich Mielke, the GDR’s last Minister for State Security. Pretty much preserved in their original state, the rooms now offer a fully engulfing glimpse into life at the heart of Stasi Germany. #Stasi #MfS #GDR #DDR #Museum #StasiMuseum #Berlin #HiddenBerlin #StasiMuseumBerlin #Lichtenberg #Berlinstagram #History #GermanHistory #ErichMielke #Spy #Surveillance #BerlinHistory #MuseumBerlin #BerlinWall #ColdWar #Germany #SED #Dictatorship

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Way out in Lichtenberg, there’s a museum so off the beaten track you’d probably never stumble across it unless you’d actively sought it out… but then, that’s kinda the whole idea. During Germany’s Cold War, this was the smouldering core of the GDR’s Ministry for State Security (MfS). But now? Well, security’s slackened a bit. House 1 of the former MfS headquarters now plays host to Berlin’s “Stasi Museum.” Learn how Germany’s collapse after WWII gave rise to an SED dictatorship in East Berlin – and the terrifyingly inventive ways this dictatorship monitored its citizens. Wires in walls, spies disguised as European tourists… it’s hard to believe this isn’t the plot of some far-fetched espionage film – and even harder to believe it all happened just one generation ago. The eeriest part? On Level 2 of the exhibition, you’ll find the actual offices and living quarters of Erich Mielke, the GDR’s last Minister for State Security. Pretty much preserved in their original state, the rooms now offer a fully engulfing glimpse into life at the heart of Stasi Germany.

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