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The building in Dittrichring 24, nicknamed the ?round corner? because of its shape, hosted the office of the Stasi. Here the DDR ?state security? worked, organized the observation of suspicious citizens (in other words: in theory everyone), arrested and questioned. After the Monday demonstration of December 5, 1989 people occupied the Stasi offices to end the terror regime and to keep them from destroying documents and other evidence. People wanted the truth.

The original offices on the ground floor have been turned into an exhibition titled ?Power and Banality?. You get to see the technology the Stasi used for observation ? old-fashioned and poor because they did not have anything better in the DDR, nevertheless effective.

Confiscated music cassettes from letters from the West (which were forbidden to send) were used to record phone calls, they are still in their original boxes and you see Wessies tried to send mostly Volksmusik and Schlager (gah!). You will shake your heads and laugh about the mask boxes, the collection of false noses and ears? but it is laughter with goose bumps. Gallows humour. Keep in mind that this is neither a movie set nor a theme park - it is reality.

The atmosphere is scary, very sobering. A must for anyone who wants to understand what the revolution of 1989 was about.

Entry is free. Some knowledge of the German language is useful.
Opening hours: daily 10.00-18.00

Address: Dittrichring 24
Phone: +49 341 961 24 43
Website: http://www.runde-ecke-leipzig.de/

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