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The Stasi Records Agency provides printed material, audio and video recordings as well as downloads for project days and teaching lessons. The material includes teaching guides with suggestions for lessons, work material for pupils as well as an educational film. A special resource is provided by "Quellen für die Schule" on our German Website.

Visitors in "Haus " take a look at the model of the former stasi headquarters.

What was the Stasi?

The term "Stasi" is an abbreviation for "Staatssicherheit" (state security). That is what the East Germans called the Ministry of State Security, which was officially abbreviated "MfS". It worked as both a secret service and a secret police. On behalf of the leaders of the GDR, the Stasi ran a huge apparatus of informers to control its own people.

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Grounds of the former Stasi headquarters viewed from above

Learning at an Authentic Site

We offer you the special opportunity to learn about the history of the Stasi at an authentic site: on the former grounds of the Ministry of State Security. "Haus 1" forms the centre of the complex. This is where Erich Mielke, the Minister of State Security, had his office until November 1989. It was from here that the Stasi, as "shield and sword of the party", defended the SED ruling party’s claim to total control over the people in the GDR. We also offer a unique view of other authentic sites in the region.

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Two pupils reading sample files in the Stasi Records Agency.

Resources for Pupils

We offer assistance to pupils who are conducting research on the Stasi, either for presentations, projects or term papers. We can provide very unique sources: The BStU preserves the original files of the Stasi in its archives and makes them accessible to the public according to certain rules. We have selected certain files deemed suitable for work in school and made them available online. Videos made for pupils make it easier for them to approach the difficult subject of the Stasi and the GDR.
Please note: all our material is in German only.

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Teacher seminar in the Educational Centre of the BStU

Resources for Teachers

The Stasi Records Agency supports teachers teaching about GDR history. We focus on repression and intimidation by the Stasi as well as on opposition and the resistance of courageous citizens. We offer teachers special training seminars and lectures with practice-oriented suggestions for classroom teaching as well as assistance with project days.
Please note: all our material is in German only.

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Printed material for pupils and teachers

Material for Lessons

The Stasi Records Agency provides printed material, audio and video recordings as well as downloads for project days and teaching lessons. The material includes teaching guides with suggestions for lessons, work material for pupils as well as an educational film.

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