Plans for museum at former SS HQ in Berlin

25th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2006, BERLIN - A museum documenting crimes of the Nazi SS will be built at the ruins of the Third Reich's secret police headquarters in Berlin based on designs of local architects, sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Wednesday.

25 January 2006

BERLIN - A museum documenting crimes of the Nazi SS will be built at the ruins of the Third Reich's secret police headquarters in Berlin based on designs of local architects, sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Wednesday.

Berlin architects Heinle, Wischer und Partner plan to build the museum at the memorial to Nazi victims known as the Topography of Terror, the sources said.

Located in central Berlin, the bombed-out ruins of the former SS buildings have been excavated and preserved as a grim reminder of Third Reich crimes.

From 1933 to 1945 the SS leadership set up headquarters and based a notorious Gestapo prison at the Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse site.

SS leader Heinrich Himmler worked from the complex and this was where key decisions were made on persecuting political opponents, the "Germanization" of occupied territories in Poland and the Soviet Union, the murder of Soviet prisoners of war and the genocide of the European Jews.

It was also used to assemble the notorious Special Police Units (Einsatzgruppen) which helped carry out the murder of Jews and where the "Wannsee Conference", which agreed the final stages of the Holocaust, was planned.

DPA

Subject: German news

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