Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

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Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

Post by Potsdamerplatz » 01 Sep 2007 02:29

Here are some photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstrasse in Berlin and general information about the location where the Gestapo and RSHA had their offices.


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(1) The former School of Industrial Arts and Crafts at Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse 8, around 1932

The Gestapo moved here at the beginning of May 1933. Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse 8 remained the headquarters of the Gestapo until the end of the war. From 1939 on it was also the central address of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA).


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(2) Prinz Albrecht-Hotel, Prinz-Albrecht-Straße 8, the "Reichsführung-SS" headquarters as of 1934


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(3) Prinz Albrecht Palais, Wilhelmstrasse 102, around 1930

Since November 1934, the Palais was the seat of the Security Service (SD) of the SS, and, starting in September 1939, headquarters of the Chief of the Reich Security Main Office (Heydrich and then Kaltenbrunner).


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(4) Layout of the Prinz-Albrecht district from 1938.


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(5) The destroyed Prinz-Albrecht Palais, Wilhelmstrasse, 1945/46


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(6) View of the destroyed Prinz-Albrecht-Palais through the colonnades on Wilhelmstrasse, in 1947


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(7) The southern wing of the former Gestapo headquarters, June 1951.

On the left is the partly collapsed air raid bunker, behind it the former Museum of Industrial Arts and Crafts, and to the right the ruins of the canteen annex and the motor pool parking lot.


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(8) Detail from an aerial photo of southern Friedrichstadt, taken in 1954.

After the demolition work of the late 1940s, the eastern side of the terrain was an empty lot covered with debris. But the buildings that had lined Stresemannstrasse, the Museum of Ethnology, and the Europahaus Compound were still intact. On Niederkirchnerstrasse, next to the ruins of the Gropius-Bau, only a part of the former Gestapo headquarters' front wing and the garage tract constructed by the Gestapo were still standing. The building's south wing, where the Gestapo "Hausgefaengnis" had been, had already been torn down.


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(9) Photographs of the interior to No. 8 Prinz-Albrechtraße are extremely rare. Here is one of the main entrance hall.


I will have a look over the weekend and see if I can find a few more photographs of the various buildings that made up the complex.

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Post by Potsdamerplatz » 16 Sep 2007 18:43

The former Gestapo headquarters in Berlin is now an open-air exhibition called the Topography of Terror.

I've uploaded the 20-page free guide book to this Rapidshare file and it includes a history of the building as well as photographs.

http://rapidshare.com/files/50409970/To ... Terror.zip

The guide was available to browse online at the Topography of Terror's website until recently, but for some reason it has been removed.

Now everyone can enjoy the booklet again. :)

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Post by ghostsoldier » 16 Sep 2007 19:08

Thanks for the download, Dave!
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Post by Helly Angel » 17 Sep 2007 04:12

Yes David, thanks very much!

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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstr

Post by von thoma » 21 Oct 2012 15:30

Berlin Prinz-Albrecht-Palais (1739), Wilhelmstraße 102.
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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstrasse

Post by von thoma » 01 Jan 2018 00:43

Details of the entrance door.

Prinz-Albrecht-Straße 8 ( Now Niederkirchnerstraße )
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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstrasse

Post by GregSingh » 01 Jan 2018 03:25

This photo from Bundesarchiv apparently shows interior of Prinz-Albrecht-Straße 8 building in 1934.
But windows do not match exterior look of that building!
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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstrasse

Post by von thoma » 01 Jan 2018 07:43

But windows do not match exterior look of that building!
May be lights of an inner courtyard...
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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

Post by Br. James » 20 Jan 2018 20:33

According to the last photo above, there appear to have been two major buildings connected by a central hallway building; one of the two major buildings being Prinz-Albrechtstrasse 8, the main entrance to the Gestapo Headquarters. The photo of the long hallway above may have run from the main entrance of the building into the complex.

Just a guess, of course!

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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

Post by von thoma » 22 Jan 2018 00:40

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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

Post by von thoma » 04 May 2018 18:54

A rare picture showing the rear of the destroyed GESTAPO building.
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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

Post by Br. James » 04 May 2018 22:01

A great photo...no wonder the building was demolished after the war -- there was obviously nothing there to save or restore!

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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

Post by von thoma » 05 May 2018 00:58

Gardens at the back of the Prinz-Albrecht-Palais.
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Re: Photographs of Gestapo Headquarters at Prinz-Albrechtstraße

Post by GregSingh » 07 May 2018 03:07

A rare picture showing the rear of the destroyed GESTAPO building.
Photo was taken like the other one (from 1934) from Prinz-Albrechtstraße in SW direction.
But with trees now gone we can clearly see shape of window frames on the ground floor of the "central hallway building" as per Br.James post. These frames clearly match those on "inside" 1934 photos, so Br.James's guess seems to be right.
Photo also shows garages/maintenance area. A great photo indeed!

What we're still missing is a photo of the rear of the complex (a view from the 102 Wilhelmstraße gardens - see the yellow arrow). That photo seemed to be available in the first post on this topic, unfortunately a link does not work anymore... :(

Blue arrows - views from photos in this topic, in green - "central hallway building" connecting front and rear buildings.
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