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Access to Secrecy

Exhibition on the Stasi Records Archive

This catalogue to the permanent exhibition “Access to Secrecy” sheds light on the bureaucratic information system, working methods and everyday tasks of the Stasi. It also offers insight into the current work of the Stasi Records Archive, which preserves for future generations the files left behind by the State Security, thereby assuring that they remain accessible to the people who were personally affected by the Stasi as well as to the broader public.

Impressions from the exhibition

The Stasi Records Archive is very much a contemporary archive. As it offers insights into the mechanisms of surveillance and repression of a past regime it furthers the discussions of the values of freedom and human rights for society today.