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

On September 21, 1974, Erhard Schelter is determined to escape the GDR by swimming. His destination is the Dahmeshöved lighthouse in Schleswig-Holstein. At dusk, Schelter and his friend Volker Hameister crawl across the beach into the water in their diving suits. Their escape across the Baltic Sea begins. The documentary, supplemented by game scenes, is as exciting as a thriller and shows how the Stasi controlled people's lives.

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

In conversation: Jane Gerhardt (University of Greifswald, research project "Deaths during escape attempts across the Baltic Sea [19611989]"); moderator: Jana Birthelmer (Berlin Reappraisal Commissioner)

Supporting program

  • 6.00 p.m. Guided tour of the archive with reference to the film
  • 7:00 p.m. Introduction to the sample file collection of the Stasi Archives
  • 7.30 p.m. Introduction to the topic with Dieter Dombrowski, Chairman of the Union of Victims' Associations of Communist Tyranny (UOKG e. V.)
Registration for the 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