Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse is a street in Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is best known for having been the location of the headquarters of the Reich Main Security Office, SD, Gestapo and the SS in Nazi Germany.
Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse No8 was the most feared building in Berlin, the Gestapo had interrogation rooms and cell blocks in the basement, where the bastards would beat and torture the hell out of there prisoners.
All that remains of the building is the gate where they brought the prisoners through, and part of the cell block, also remains a part of the garden.
I have visited this site a few times over the last 10 years, and now they have built a memorial and document center, on the land, as the German government have said the land can never be built on, because of the bad things that went on in this building. so the photos are all from different years.
The Gestapo History
The Gestapo (Geheime staatspolizei) was Nazi Germany’s feared secret police force. During World War Two the Gestapo was under the direct control of Heinrich Himmler who controlled all the police units within Nazi Germany. The first head of the Gestapo was Rudolf Diels but for most of its existence, the Gestapo was led by Heinrich Müller. The Gestapo acted outside of the normal judicial process and it had its own courts and effectively acted as judge, jury and frequently executioner.
The Gestapo’s main purpose was to hunt out those considered a threat to Nazi Germany. By the time World War Two started these included Jews, Communists, Jehovah Witnesses, homosexuals – basically anyone who was thought to challenge the hegemony of the Nazi Party within Germany. After the outbreak of World War Two, the work of the Gestapo covered Occupied Europe where it had two main tasks. The first was to hunt out Jews and other ‘Untermenschen’ while the second was to tackle the threat of resistance movements.