Andreasstrasse Memorial and Education Centre
The Andreasstrasse memorial and education centre commemorates oppression and resistance during the dictatorship of the German United Socialist Party (SED) in Thuringia from 1949 to 1989. In what is today the memorial building, the GDR Ministry of State Security operated a pre-trial detention centre, where more than 5000 people who had opposed the Communist regime were imprisoned. But freedom won the day on 4 December 1989, when courageous people occupied the Erfurt State Security District Headquarters in Andreasstrasse. This was the first occupation of a stronghold of the feared "Stasi" during the Peaceful Revolution.
On three floors, the permanent exhibition opened in December 2013 focuses on the topics of imprisonment, dictatorship and revolution. At the centre of the multimedia-based tour are the stories of contemporary witnesses, brought to life with the help of emotionally moving video clips and interactive comic strips. The carefully restored cell wing in the historic prison building and the modern cube facade with scenes of the Peaceful Revolution in the style of a graphic novel are also particularly impressive.
A fascinating addition to the museum tour
The electronic visitors' guide provides a fascinating multimedia addition to the classic museum tour. Visitors can be conducted through the prison level by video clips with contemporary witnesses or listen to an explanation of the Peaceful Revolution cube facade by the artist himself, Simon Schwartz. There is also a complete guide to the memorial in English for foreign visitors. What is more, the media guide takes visitors a step outside the memorial to "Peaceful Revolution locations in Erfurt" on a city tour, subtitled "From the first prayers for peace to the first Stasi occupation". This media tour includes all major Peaceful Revolution locations in Erfurt.