Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Prison: Background information when reading The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures

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The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures

by Jennifer Hofmann

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Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Prison

This article relates to The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures

The site of Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Prison in 2011 At the end of World War II, Germany was divided into four occupation zones governed by France, Great Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1949, the German Democratic Republic (GDR), also referred to as East Germany, was formed as a communist state in the Soviet territory. The most notorious apparatus of the GDR's repressive government was the Ministry for State Security, aka the Stasi. The Stasi was the government's intelligence division/secret police, and throughout the GDR's 41 years of existence, it was known for its surveillance, torture and murder of dissidents (and suspected dissidents).

In 1951, the Stasi took ownership of a building in northeastern Berlin that had previously served as a Soviet detainment facility and began to use it as a prison for their purposes. In Jennifer Hofmann's novel The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures, the protagonist, a Stasi agent, recalls witnessing the brutal beating of a suspected dissident in Berlin-Hohensch&#...

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