Federal President Steinmeier opens memorial in GDR girls's jail | EUROtoday

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Status: 11.07.2024 13:28

A brand new everlasting exhibition within the former GDR girls's jail examines the political justice system underneath the dictatorship. Federal President Steinmeier got here to Stollberg in Saxony for the opening of the exhibition.

On Thursday, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the brand new everlasting exhibition on political felony justice and persecution within the GDR at Hoheneck Castle in Stollberg. The head of state recalled the imprisonment of opponents of the SED dictatorship. Hoheneck was used as a girls's jail for a very long time. Steinmeier mentioned the ladies had been imprisoned innocently as a result of they wished to dwell freely and independently. It was necessary that their destiny be acknowledged all through Germany. Many of them are nonetheless combating the results of their imprisonment, mentioned Steinmeier, referring to the separation of moms from their kids and the piecework that the ladies had been compelled to do.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier additionally spoke to modern witnesses within the former GDR girls's jail at Hoheneck Castle.

Steinmeier sees West German corporations as accountable

According to Steinmeier, corporations that imported merchandise manufactured within the GDR into the Federal Republic of Germany on the time ought to contribute to the clarification of the scenario and search to alternate views with former prisoners. He additionally referred to as for fast options to be discovered to offer unbureaucratic assist to men and women who had been imprisoned within the GDR for political causes.

A brand new everlasting exhibition on the GDR justice system opens within the former jail at Hoheneck Castle in Stollberg.

Castle advanced since 1864 jail

The former citadel space served as a jail from 1864. From 1950 onwards, the GDR arrange its largest girls's jail there. By 1989, round 24,000 girls had been imprisoned, round 8,000 of them for political causes. Men had been additionally housed there at occasions. After reunification, it continued for use as a correctional facility till 2001. Since 2019, work has been underway on a brand new idea for the everlasting exhibition and memorial.

The everlasting exhibition focuses on political felony justice and persecution. The exhibition appears to be like at jail situations and jail labor. The historical past of the jail since its institution within the nineteenth century can also be offered, it mentioned.

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