"Stasi Museum in der runden Ecke" Museum Runde Ecke (Round Corner) Tip by IceBear7

A very sad and depressing part of Leipzig's history. When the GDR still existed the "Ministry of State Security" (Stasi in German) had one of the headquarters in Leipzig. During the peaceful revolution in 1989 the people of Leipzig occupied the building, making sure many of the files and "corpus delicti" of the time of terror were not hidden or destroyed. They building was finally turned into a museum telling about the threats, constant surveillance and dictatorship.

You can see a typical office and a prison cell, bugs and wigs, hidden cameras, machines to open and re-seal letters, false stamps and passports, and lots and lots of documents. For example an essay written by a student at school opposing the government - and the letters and records of meetings discussing this students' statements. Frightning!

The museum is well worth a visit, you learn a lot about the time of the GDR, how difficult it was to live there in former years especially if you had an independent, democratic and free mind. Just one of the times in history that must not be forgotton in order to keep freedom and democracy in our world.

Entrance to the museum is free!

Address: Dittrichring 24
Directions: north-western part of the city
Phone: +49 341 961 24 43
Website: http://www.runde-ecke-leipzig.de/

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  • Written Mar 31, 2005
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