Thousands were detained, interrogated and sometimes tortured in Hohenschönhausen prison, which was first run by the Soviets and then by East Germany's secret police. A former inmate gives visitors a personal tour of the prison.
The German chancellor's first stop as her re-election campaign resumes was a site from the country's Communist past - Berlin's Hohenschönhausen Prison. What message was she trying to send?
German political parties each have their stronghold. Germany's Left party dominates the Berlin district of Lichtenberg. 27 years after reunification, how much does the party rely on its East German past?
East Germany made about 200,000 people into political prisoners. For the past 25 years, they have had the ability to sue for damages and have their criminal records expunged. Now an important deadline is approaching.
Unsuspecting onlookers called police when they saw a film crew spraying a swastika and a racist message in Berlin. But Germany's Left party has said it was justified in using the Nazi symbol.
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