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A new special exhibition at the Tempelhof Museum

During the time of divided Germany, the Ministry for State Security had numerous places in West Berlin photographed. In Tempelhof, especially the area around the airport and the southern border were under observation. The exhibition shows previously unknown panoramic and aerial photographs, film sequences and snapshots of divided Berlin in the 1950s up to the fall of the Wall. Some of the photographs show that they were taken hastily in passing, while for others there was apparently no reason to conceal the camera.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Unter Beobachtung - Fotografien der Stasi aus Tempelhof
© BArch, MfS AIM 3425 – 67 Bd. 1 S. 61 Bild 1

Taken together, the photos impressively illustrate how much the city of Berlin functioned as a contested interface between East and West during the Cold War. For contemporary witnesses and future generations, the historical testimonies offer vivid opportunities to understand the past on a visual level. Especially from today's perspective, the photographs open up special perspectives, as they were taken on behalf of a dictatorial system. Questions about the victims of the espionage activities, but also about aspects such as data protection, confidentiality and the protection of personal rights involuntarily come to mind when looking at them.

Location:
Tempelhof Museum, Alt-Mariendorf 43, 12107 Berlin.

From 1 April 2022 new opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 1-6 p.m.
Thursday from 10 am
Groups and school classes Mon-Fri by appointment

Free admission
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