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KGB prison

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KGB prison

Has anyone ever been to the former KGB prison at Leistikowstraße 1?

If so, can you please offer some feedback?

I am fascinated by the GDR and Cold War Germany and so am considering taking a trip to the site during my upcoming stay in Berlin.

Thank you

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1. Re: KGB prison

Well worth a visit. The stories are incredible, and a visit really leaves on impact on you. Actually, there's a video of the KGB Prison at Potsdam here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-787764

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2. Re: KGB prison

Hopefully (if you haven't already visited), you're planning to tour Gedenkstaette Hohenschoenhausen in former East Berlin--the former Stasi HQ, their main secret prison in Berlin, and a former Soviet prison following WWII.

http://en.stiftung-hsh.de/

The tours are sobering, yet fascinating for their information about how prisoners were handled, the Stasi's psychological control methods, and the physical aspects of prison life. Guides are former Stasi prisoners. As our guide noted, most of the Stasi weren't jailed or anything after the wall fell, and many still live around the prison--and occasionally remove directional signs so as to prevent people from getting there for tours.

There is an English tour once per week (on Saturday, as I recall), and German tours several times each day. Easily accessible via tram from Alexanderplatz, with a little walking, or there's parking there if you have a car.

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3. Re: KGB prison

If you're interested in the Cold War, consider a walk across the Glienicke Bridge between Berlin and Potsdam. This is where some of the Cold War prisoners, including Gary Powers (in 1962) and Anton Sharansky (in 1986) were exchanged. glienicke-bridge.com/Bridge_of_Spies/bridge_…

Edited: 4:57 pm, May 30, 2012
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