Today I toured Hohenschönhausen, which is now a memorial.
|The "U-Boat" was an underground set of cells built by the Soviets|
later to be abandoned by the East Germans
The Stasi used unmarked, civilian work trucks with multiple cells in the back to collect prisoners. They would start out in the morning snatching political detainees off the street as they would normally make their way to work.
|A prisoner collection truck parked in the sally port|
of Hohenschönhausen prison.
The Stasi built a more modern prison above the Soviet prison, which housed many more political prisoners. The prison was carefully constructed to keep prisoners from having contact with each other.
|Hallway of the modern prison.|
Note the floor covering.
|Cell door of a Stasi prison cell.|
|Inside view of a Stasi prison cell.|
Prisoner isolation was so entrenched, that the prison had a series of small exercise yards outside for letting a prisoner get fresh air only one at a time.
More information on Hohenschönhausen can be found here.