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Hohenschönhausen Memorial, Berlin

Visit the Hohenschönhausen Memorial on your university or college trip to Berlin.

This fascinating memorial provides an authentic picture of prison conditions in the GDR.

It features two permanent exhibitions; one of which illustrates the fate of children born whilst their mothers were held in prison, and another showing the portraits of former inmates.

Set up at the end of World War Two, the site became the central Soviet prison in Germany. By 1951, the Stasi had taken over and expanded it, using it  as a central detention centre for thousands of political prisoners until 1989, including almost all of the most famous GDR opponents.

Located at a site so closely associated with the 44 year history of political persecution, means students are quickly immersed in the powerful stories of those who lived at the former Soviet camp.