German returns to Stasi jail to mark Berlin Wall's fall

25th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The reenactment, dubbed "Happening," will be broadcast live at

Berlin -- A former prisoner of East Germany's fearsome secret police will return to one of its jail cells in a reenactment of the communist regime's oppression 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell.

Carl-Wolfgang Holzapfel, 65, will be locked in a cell of the former Hohenschoenhausen prison in Berlin for seven days under the same conditions he once endured, wearing prison garb with no right to lie in his bed during the day.

Holzapfel will stay in the cell from October 29 to November 5, an organisation dedicated to the memory of the Stasi police abuses said Friday.

The reenactment, dubbed "Happening," will be broadcast live at, the organisation said in a statement.

Holzapfel, a West German, was arrested in East Germany for political activism in 1965 and sentenced to eight years in prison. West Germany had to pay to secure his release, a common practice at the time.

The prison is now a museum.

Germany is holding a slew of events to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place on November 9, 1989.


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