The Memorial's charter specifically entrusts it with the task of researching the history of the Hohenschönhausen prison between 1945 and 1989, supplying information via exhibitions, events and publications, and encouraging a critical awareness of the methods and consequences of political persecution and suppression in the communist dictatorship. The former Stasi remand prison is also intended to provide insight into the workings of the GDR's political justice system.
Since the vast majority of the buildings, equipment and furniture have survived intact, the Memorial provides a very authentic representation of prison conditions in the GDR. The Memorial's location in the capital makes it the key site in Germany for victims of communist tyranny.
In 2016, more than 455,000 people visited the Memorial, over half of which were students. Tours of the prison are usually led by former inmates, who provide first-hand details on prison conditions and the interrogation methods employed by the GDR's Ministry of State Security (MfS).
More information about the memorial here.
Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial