Einblick ins Geheime
Einblick ins Geheime
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About
A total of 111 kilometres of records on archival shelves, around 41 million index cards, over 1.8 million photographs and about 30,000 film and audio documents make up the Stasi Records Archive today. The exhibition “Access to Secrecy” introduces the visitor to the type of information the East German secret police Stasi collected and how they stored it in these records and the purpose they serve today.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jan 2020
I came here on a Friday in January for the free English language tour of the archives. This former Stasi complex is large and the entrances to the main museum and the archives are in a large courtyard where there is also an open air exhibition on the revolution and fall of the wall (these events in relation to the Stasi and securing the Stasi files). It is easy to get here on public transport. I arrived on the U5 to Magdalenenstrasse and it is a short walk from there. I was early and wanted to get a coffee but, the former Stasi restaurant wasn’t open as a cafeteria and the small private cafe off the courtyard closed early that day.
The archives have exhibits in different rooms over a couple floors that are open even if you are not part of a tour. There is a small coat room with lockers for coats/bags. On this day, I was the only person on the tour. We went through the public rooms and had some commentary about the exhibits there. Then we continued into the areas that are not open to the public. The building is like a maze and floor numbers change when you walk through the connections from one building to the next. It would be easy to get lost, especially as everything looks the same. In the bowels of the building, I was shown some of the old, uncatalogued files and some of the new, catalogued files as a comparison. It is hard to fathom the amount of information that the Stasi gathered, indexed, and stored.
The tour took about an hour and I went back to look at some of the public areas. I also saw a couple working paternoster lifts in the building.
Overall, a good tour and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the GDR, the Stasi/Intel Services or the Cold War.
Written March 10, 2020
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