Contemporary witness office

Wallet with family photos

Contemporary witness office

Contemporary witnesses wanted!


Since it was founded, the Bautzner Strasse Dresden Memorial has been building an archive of contemporary witnesses.
The database is constantly being expanded.

It contains interviews with

  • former prisoners of the Soviet secret service
  • former prisoners on remand of the Stasi district administration
  • former prisoners of the prisoner work detachment
  • Contemporary witnesses of the Peaceful Revolution

The contemporary witness archive is an important basis for our work.

The memorial works across borders with the Czech organization Postbellum and the Václav Havel Library in Prague.


Evening of encounter. Contemporary witness meeting

On December 5th, the Bautzner Strasse Dresden memorial will commemorate the day the Dresden Stasi district administration was occupied in 1989 by Dresden citizens. On this occasion, the sponsoring association of the memorial invites every year to an evening of encounters in the memorial. The evening of encounters is aimed at those who were persecuted and imprisoned by the communist dictatorship 1945-1989 in what is now Saxony.

If you belong to this group of people and have not yet received an invitation, please contact us. We would be happy to invite you to the next meeting evening.


Contemporary witnesses wanted!

If you, too, want to enrich the contemporary witness archive with your history and experiences, please contact us. Each story is an important contribution to the exploration of the historical place.

We look forward to you!


Contemporary witness office
Katrin Thiel
Tel. 0351 810 74 046