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Memorial site and centre for encounter "Leistikowstraße Potsdam", photo: BLDAM/Regina Wunder

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Memorial site and centre for encounter "Leistikowstraße Potsdam"

In summer 1945, the Soviet military counterespionage seized the former evangelical church society’s parsonage and converted the building into a remand prison. Today, the mostly preserved detention centre is a unique cold-war document, providing realistic impressions of the injustices done to thousands of detainees. The prison cells and original plank beds, as well as the detention room and grilled windows in the building’s cellar authentically and gruesomely depict the violence and repression used against the inmates. Furthermore, numerous wall marks and carvings in German and Russian language bear witness of the prisoners’ deprivation and isolation. A permanent exhibition informs visitors about the history of the site, with a special emphasis on the inmates’ fates. At several media installations, former inmates provide visitors with information about the inhuman prison conditions and cruel interrogation procedures.  
 
In summer 1945, the Soviet military counterespionage seized the former evangelical church society’s parsonage and converted the building into a remand prison. Today, the mostly preserved detention centre is a unique cold-war document, providing realistic impressions of the injustices done to thousands of detainees. The prison cells and original plank beds, as well as the detention room and grilled windows in the building’s cellar authentically and gruesomely depict the violence and repression used against the inmates. Furthermore, numerous wall marks and carvings in German and Russian language bear witness of the prisoners’ deprivation and isolation. A permanent exhibition informs visitors about the history of the site, with a special emphasis on the inmates’ fates. At several media installations, former inmates provide visitors with information about the inhuman prison conditions and cruel interrogation procedures.  
 
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