The Lindenstraße Memorial is one of the central places of remembrance and education in Brandenburg. Located in the middle of Potsdam’s city center, it commemorates political persecution and imprisonment in the Nazi dictatorship, the Soviet occupation zone and the GDR in a former prison and court building, but also the overcoming of the SED dictatorship through the Peaceful Revolution of 1989/90.
With the elevation of the historical place of detention and trial at Lindenstraße 54/55 to a memorial for the victims of political violence in the 20th century by the Potsdam City Council in 1995, it was officially recognized and established as a place of remembrance and commemoration in the city of Potsdam.
Due to its responsibility for the historical site, the foundation ensures the framework for a dignified collective and individual commemoration. It is responsible for the scientific reappraisal of the history of the building, its functions and above all the fates of those affected, and is committed to the preservation of the almost 300-year-old building complex. According to the foundation’s statutes, the focus of remembrance and commemoration is on honoring those affected and the victims of political persecution, imprisonment and violence during the above-mentioned periods.
Space for collective remembrance
Since 1996, the Lindenstraße Memorial has been the site of official commemorative events (e.g., on January 27, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism, or on June 17, commemorating the popular uprising of June 17, 1953), which are organized by the “Lindenstraße 54” sponsoring association or the state capital of Potsdam (sometimes in coordination with the state of Brandenburg).
These commemoration days are logistically supported by the Lindenstraße Memorial Foundation and regularly accompanied by a supporting program (including a lecture, reading, panel discussion, workshop).
Space for individual remembrance
Former inmates and their relatives find the framework for their individual commemoration at the Lindenstraße Memorial. The staff of the foundation will be happy to assist and support them.