What to do with the Stasi HQ
What should happen to the former Stasi HQ? How much of a glimpse into history, and whose interpretation of it, should it offer? Twenty years after citizens stormed the grounds in January 1990, there is a fight over the future of the buildings that were the heart of the East German surveillance state. Wiebke Hollersen explains why civil rights activists, the German government and local politicians are in a dispute over how to deal with the communist past. A federal government strategy paper says, "No other place in Germany symbolizes the silent terror of the Stasi in quite the same way."