The reality of East Germany - the Stasi Jail and Headquaters.
1 The Brandenburg Gate from the start of the Unter den Linden.
2 The Stats Opera house, less covered in scaffolding than when I went past in December 2014.
3 On Unter den Linden in the Neue Wache.
4 Marienkirche from Alexanderplatz.
5 The TV tower at Alexanderplatz.
6 A M6 route tram approaching the stop on Alexanderplatz. The DB evalated station is behind.
7 Stasi Prison, behind each window is a cell.
8 When the occupying Russians were running their sector of Germany after the end of WWII they were the first users of what became the Stasi prison at Hohenschönhausen. Conditions under the Russians were even worse than under DDR authorities. This room would have been packed with prisoners.
9 Cell door in the Stasi jail in the part used by the Russians.
10 Jail corridor.
11 Prisoners of the Stasi were transported around Berlin (and elsewhere) in non-descriptive vans like this one.
12 A typical DDR era cell. The glass made it impossible for prisoners to know where they were.
13 Cell 122.
14 Corridor control - the coloured lights indicated to the guards if they could move prisoners around or not.
15 Stasi jail corridor, pretty much as it was when the DDR collapsed in 1989.
17 Corridor view at the Stasi jail.
18 A typical interogation room.
19 The wire on the wall was an alarm system. Pulling the wire would break the electrical cicruit setting off the prison alarm system.
20 Everywhere people were being watched.
21 At one point everything in this view was run by the Stasi. The green and cream block, which is outside the jail walls, contained an arm of the Stasi.
22 This was an exercise area. The prisoners lead here never got to see anything other than the sky so they (probably) had no idea where they were. The chap in the brown trousers was our guide.
23 Control tower.
24 Stasi jail at Hohenschönhausen.
25 Looking towards the main gate.
26 This 3D map shows the Stasi areas at Hohenschönhausen. The prison is in dark grey, the buildings in white were all Stasi.
27 Internal gates at the Stasi jail.
28 A former Stasi building at Hohenschönhausen.
29 In the former Stasi quarter.
30 Stasi jail perimeter.
31 If any prison had made it out of the jail they would still have been in a Stasi area which was closed to normal people.
32 The Stasi jail at Hohenschönhausen.
33 Saint Antonius and Saint Shenouda Kirche in the Lichtenberg district, right alongside the Stasi HQ.
34 The former Stasi HQ. The covered area was built so no one outside could see who was coming and going. Total paranoia!
35 Marx, he probably wouldn't have been that enamoured of being celebrated by the Stasi.
36 Inside a Stasi prisoner transport van.
37 The Stasi quater at Lichtenberg. This was effectively a closed city within the city of Berlin.
38 What must have been state of the art doorless lifts.
39 What now looks like an ancient telephone system.
40 This red case was held at Stasi HQ. After the fall of the DDR it was found to contain various papers which could haven been very embaressing for Erich Honecker, the last leader of the DDR.
41 Stasi Office.
42 In the office of the Stasi chief Erich Mielke.
43 In Erich Mielke office with obligatory recording equipment.
44 Multiple telephones with different uses.
45 Mielke's private quarters at the Stasi HQ, used when he stayed overnight.
46 A large meeting room with the obligatory bust of Lenin.
47 Various tools of the trade for Stasi operatives.
48 Recording devices used by the Stasi.
49 A camera with a 90 degree lens for filming through walls.
50 Various items for taking covert photographs.
51 Camera in a bag.
52 Camera in a radio cassette player.
53 Button camera.
54 This item produced steam to open letters. Once read letters were resealed by a person with an iron.
55 A scent sample. These cloths were sat on by prisoners during interogation. They were then stored should they be needed to assist with searches and so on.