Violence, intimidation, torture: many who were imprisoned in the German Democratic Republic say they were brutalized. Chris Henschke, who was detained in 1988, is still working through what he experienced more than 30 ago.
Germany's parliament has voted to move the files of the East German secret police into the nation's Federal Archives. The vote came despite the concerns and objections from some historians and GDR-era dissidents.
Three months after the Berlin Wall came down, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison. On the weekend, guests at Germany's embassy in South Africa looked back on those seismic events of 30 years ago.
The Nazis jailed partisans such as Erich Honecker in the Brandenburg-Görden prison. Several decades later, when Honecker had become the East German leader, he in turn locked up political adversaries in this very jail.
After being banned from East Germany for years, the rock star and committed peace activist managed to be invited to perform in East Berlin in 1983. Lindenberg is now awarded Germany's Order of Merit.
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