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Visit one of the most emblematic historical place in Berlin. Between 1933 and 1945, the central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror – the Secret State Police Office with its own “house prison,” the leadership of the SS and, during the Second World War, the Reich Security Main Office – were located on the present-day grounds of the “Topography of Terror”.
At first after the war, the grounds were leveled and initially used for commercial purposes. But later, in 1987, as part of Berlin’s 750th anniversary celebration, the terrain was made accessible to the public under the name “Topography of Terror.”
In 2006, a third competition (the first two failed) for the construction of a documentation center and redesign of the grounds of the “Topography of Terror” was won by the Berlin architect Ursula Wilms and the landscape architect Professor Heinz W. Hallmann. The new documentation center opened on May 7, 2010.
As the “site of the perpetrators” the “Topography of Terror” fulfills a special role among the many remembrance sites, monuments and museums in Berlin today that commemorate the era of National Socialism.
Located in the center of the capital, it provides information at an authentic site about the headquarters of the National Socialist SS and police state and reveals the European dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror.