East German Prison Memorial Site Popular With Visitors
Enlarge image Looking into a cell from the outside (© picture alliance / dpa) The Berlin Hohenschönhausen memorial site must deny entry to a continually growing number of visitors. There are often more people interested in visiting the former central GDR prison than it can hold, said a representative on Tuesday. “The memorial site is increasingly often fully booked,” clarified Director Hubertus Knabe. He continued by explaining that, in this year alone, 5,000 visitors have regrettably been denied entry for this reason.
Enlarge image The interrogation room (© picture alliance / dpa) In the first half of 2012, around 171,000 people visited the facility where prisoners of the East German secret police were interrogated and detained. That is 6,000 people, or 4 percent, more than in the first half of 2011. For the second half of 2012, there are currently 13 percent more requests than during this same period last year.