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Restored Stasi HQ opens doors to public

The Local · 14 Jan 2012, 15:26

Published: 14 Jan 2012 15:26 GMT+01:00

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Visitors on Saturday were allowed to see the former office of Erich Mielke, director of the Stasi from 1957 to 1989, which has been restored with its original furnishings, including his large polished wooden desk and his two black telephones. In the foyer, a small beige bus used to transport prisoners was on display.

A series of discussions and films were to take place throughout the day to mark the occasion.

Up to now only a small part of the massive complex in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg was accessible to visitors. The site will house a permanent exhibition on the work of the Stasi, due to open in 2013, as well as space for archives, a library, bookshop and cafe.

Roland Jahn, the head of the authority that administers the Stasi files, said the former secret service headquarters should serve as a kind of campus for democracy. Jahn, who was a civil rights activist in the former East Germany, told the DPA news agency that younger generations must be shown how the communist dictatorship functioned.

A staff of almost 7,000 were based at the complex on Normannstrasse from 1961 until the demise of the regime. On Jan. 15, 1990 East Germans stormed the building and rescued sacks containing millions of documents before they could be destroyed.

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09:26 January 15, 2012 by Wrench
Another waste of taxpayer money.
13:54 January 15, 2012 by Raydoggy
Who needs the Stasi when you have numbskulls posting all their info on FaceBook for the world to see. Can you imagine all those Stasi guys and Gals having wet dreams thinking about what it would have been like in their time with FaceBook to filter everyday.

"Hey, Hans, look at this girl, Fr Schmidt, she's been taking party pills and smoking dope, and her friend Fr Woolf has been at the parties with her, so let's monitor Fr Woolf as well. Wow!!! Hr Merkin has seen ZeitGeistMovie.com and recommends it to Hr Kraut, Hr Schuntzer-Buntzer, Fr Krackinit and Fr Scweinehunde". Let's monitor all of them and see what else they are reading and who else they are friends with, and then pay them all a little visit. I also have a list of all the people who have been reading "the Secret History of the American Empire, by that trouble maker John Perkins the traitor to our cause of one world government, so we can control all of the people all of the time, for their own good of course".

So what is the new Stasi called, maybe the bnd. Wake up so called FaceBook "friends". Even a dick head can read between the lines in this one.
14:17 January 15, 2012 by Ruhetag
What is facebook, Raydog?
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