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Open-air films at the "Stasi Headquarters. Campus for Democracy"

Ex-Stasi generals and officers provide insights into the daily work of the Stasi. Former leaders, senior officers and the rector of the MfS Law School on how the ministry functioned. The interviewees see themselves as legitimate actors with a clear mission and a political image of the enemy. They provide insight into the techniques and routines of intelligence work, psychological tricks used in interrogations and the management of "unofficial collaborators".

Campus Kino in der ehemaligen Stasi-Zentrale
Campus Kino in der ehemaligen Stasi-Zentrale © BStU, Alexander Kenzia

What they all have in common is that they are not aware of any moral guilt. The directors contrast their footage of prisons and archives with the statements of the former Stasi employees and thus try to expose their evasions and efforts at denial.

In conversation: Jan N. Lorenzen (director); moderator: Dagmar Hovestädt (Federal Archive, Stasi Archives)

Supporting program

  • 17.00 Guided tour "Stasi Headquarters as a film location
  • 6.00 p.m. Guided tour of the archive with reference to the film
  • 6.15 p.m. Introduction to the sample file collection
Registration for the guided tours is required:

The Campus Forum takes place in cooperation with the Robert Havemann Society and the Berlin Commissioner for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.

(Program in German)
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Ehem. Stasi-Zentrale