Der umschwiegene Ort

Year: 1987 Type: Print publication Languages: German Format: 20.7 x 29.5 cm, softcover, saddle stitching Scope: 88 p., numerous images, b/w ISBN: none

The place no one talks about

In the Nazi years, the site between Anhalter Strasse and Niederkirchnerstrasse was home to the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA), combining many Gestapo and SS offices responsible for organizing the international persecution and murder of millions of people. Resistance fighters from all of the occupied countries and from all over Germany were brought to the “in-house prison” located in the former Academy of Applied Arts next-door to what is now the Martin-Gropius-Bau—between 1933 and 1945, as many as 15,000 political opponents were imprisoned here, many of whom were tortured. The exhibition and the publication deal with the former Gestapo site and propose solutions for a new usage, including the creation of an “active museum” where the history of resistance and persecution could be collected, archived, and made accessible to the public.

Ed.: nGbK

Work group: Leonie Baumann, Hans-Gerd Schulte, Beatrice Stammer, Beatrice Vierneisel, Sabine Weißler, Christiane Zieseke

With contributions by: Lore Ditzen, Thomas Friedrich, Christine Fischer-Defoy, Michael Kraus, Sabine Weißler