Eighty-ninth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2004 11:10:03 +0000)

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Stasi

The East German Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS - STASI) was one of the most feared secret services in the world. The old head quarters are now a museum and I decided to visit it when I was in Berlin a couple of weeks ago. It felt a bit strange when I walked through the corridors of the building in the Normannenstrasse 22 in Berlin. I have been in both East and West Berlin on a number of occasions during the cold war and experienced the highly exaggerated security measures in the DDR. It is no wonder that the MfS was feared and hated at the same time.

The MfS was so hated by the East German population that in the winter of 1989 civil rights demonstrators spontaneously formed groups which occupied the offices of the MfS in various districts and sub-districts. On the afternoon of 15 January 1990 representatives of the Citizens’ Committees from different districts, together with the Military State Prosecutor, took over the Buildings 2 (counter-intelligence) and 18 (provisions) in the Normannenstrasse.

The museum is a "must see" for everyone who is interested in intelligence and/or the cold war. You can buy a number of interesting books about the MfS and related organisations in the small museum shop.

Address:

10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg
Normannenstrasse 22, Haus 1
Einfahrt > Ruschestraße 103

Directions:

From Alexanderplatz
Underground - 5 (direction Lichtenberg and Höhnow)
up to U-Bhf. Magdalenenstraße

or:

S-Bahn (Ring) until Station Frankfurter Allee
250 m walking or change to U-Bahn

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