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Lindenstrasse 54/55 Memorial

Potsdam, Germany
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Lindenstrasse Potsdam

Outside the former prison, the Lindenstrasse looks like an ordinary residential street in the town center.

Lindenstrasse Memorial facade

The bars on the front of the building are the only hint that Lindenstrasse 54/55 isn't an ordinary dwelling.

cell block

The prison is bigger than it looks from the street. A new wing with nearly 100 cells was added in 1910.

A memorial statue stands in the prison courtyard.

prison exercise yard

Nearby are several tiny exercise yards.

prison cell block

Inside the prison, steel stairs lead up to tiers of cells.

cell sleeping platform

During the years 1945 to 1989, when the "Linden Hotel" was a political detention center, inhumane conditions were used to break the will of prisoners. Three to eight inmates were crammed into each cell, where they shared a wooden sleeping platform without bedding. A typical cell measured only 7 square meters (75 square feet), or a little less than two king-size beds.

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Potsdam travel guide:
Potsdam - Introduction
Museums, memorials
Hotels, restaurants
Tourist information

Other Potsdam articles:
Pfingstberg Belvedere
Schloss Cecilienhof - Hotel and Museum

Also see:
GDR Tourism