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The work of the Stasi - the secret police who amassed millions of documents relating not just to political dissidents in East Germany but to ordinary citizens - is documented in the buildings where the organisation was once headquartered.
Nobody was safe from scrutiny, not even the secret operatives themselves, a fact which inspired the movie 'The Lives of Others'.
In all came to an end in 1990, when prosecutors and citizen representatives occupied the headquarters amid the collapse of the old order in East Germany.
Currently undergoing renovation on the main site, the collection has been moved to the former staff canteen opposite the museum's normal home.
Editor & Berlin Local