Rusty lock with a yellow flower placed atop it

Visit a human rights memorial in the former Cottbus prison

Jean Pierre Contasti
Jean Pierre Contasti

A short distance south from the Cottbus center, its Bautzener Straße is the location of a building that served as the city’s prison during the Nazi era and, later, under the control of East Germany. Moreover, what once was a place on which individual freedom was restricted, nowadays serves as a human rights memorial. In other words, as you visit the Menschenrechtszentrum Cottbus (MRZ), be a part of the institution’s goal to awaken understanding and a willingness to help people by coming to terms with historical injustices.

Way leading into a prison, with derelict walls on both sides, topped with barbed wire
Entrance to the installations of the former Cottbus prison | Photo by Vtg

Above all, as you reach the former prison, be led into its Detention Center 1, which thanks to the combined efforts of the MRZ, the Brandenburg and Cottbus governments, and federal institutions, has been renovated. Surely, you can also take a look at the restored gatehouse through which political, racial and religious prisoners went through. Afterwards, when inside the building, you’ll be able to walk next to cells that show the conditions suffered by many innocents when imprisoned at Cottbus.

Dressed up as prisoners, a choir performs to an audience
Along the visit, enjoy an open-air choral performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio | Photo by Nurfoto

Later on, head towards an area where a permanent exhibition shows examples of injustice as seen in Nazi Germany and, afterwards, under the Socialist rule in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Certainly, when visiting the MRZ, you’ll be fostered to uphold the principles of liberty and democracy as pillars to a society under the rule of law. To sum up, pay your respects at the memorial and admire its principles.

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