The Parlamentarium, European Parliament’s Visitor Centre, is hosting the temporary exhibition from the StasiMuseum, in cooperation with the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin’s Liaison Office to the EU.
Behind the Berlin Wall – State Security in the GDR Dictatorship focuses on the activities of the Ministry for State Security, better known as the Stasi, as the main instrument of power in East Germany. The exhibition is being shown to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on 9 November 1989.
The temporary exhibition will run from 7 November 2019 until 3 October 2020. It can be seen as part of any visit to the Parlamentarium in Brussels.
The temporary exhibition is in English and German but can be read in Dutch and French:
The exhibition Behind the Berlin Wall - State Security in the GDR Dictatorship summarises essential parts of the permanent exhibition of the StasiMuseum in Berlin. It draws a line from the beginnings of communist dictatorship in the Soviet-occupied part of post-war Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution in East Germany. The focus is on the East German Communist Party’s main instrument of power: the Ministry for State Security, which remained the centre of power in East Germany until 1989.
This was based on a system of force, threats, rewards and privilege. Individuals were taught to conform, comply and, whenever possible, participate. The East German Communist Party, with its unrestrained access to almost all areas of life, was able to comprehensively control the population and to reward and reprimand as needed.
Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament
Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament. Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport. The Zweig entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.
Visitors to the European Parliament in Brussels can now leave their car in the car park, by sending the booking request at least one working day in advance of a visit.