During the First World War, the Evangelisch-Kirchliche-Hilfsverein (Evangelical Church Relief Association) erected an imposing villa at what is now Leistikowstraße 1. Until 1945, it contained a parsonage and the head office of the Evangelische Frauenhilfe (Evangelical Women's Relief Society).
The former home of the Evangelical Church Relief Association was converted for use as the central remand and transit prison for Soviet military counterintelligence. The people imprisoned there were mostly citizens of the Soviet Union, with numerous Germans and a few people of other nationalities.
Apart from the headquarters of the Soviet secret service (KGB) in the Karlshorst district of Berlin, the secret service base "Military Town No. 7", as the German headquarters of Soviet military counterintelligence, was the most important intelligence outpost at the interface with Western Europe.
A highly committed network of volunteers grew up at the former prison site in the latter half of the decade, with the support of the property’s owner (Evangelical Church Relief Association) and the active participation of former inmates. Its members came to open the building for visitors.
The foundation is funded in equal parts by the German government and the federal state of Brandenburg.
- 1916-1945 Seat of the Evangelical Women's Relief Society
- 1945-1991 Central Remand Prison of the Soviet Military Counterintelligence Service
- 1945-1994 Soviet Secret Service Base "Military Town No. 7"
- 1994-2008 Civic Involvement
- Since 2008 Leistikowstraße Memorial Foundation, Potsdam
Memorial remains open
In accordance with the current Corona regulations of the regional government and in agreement with the health authorities, the Memorial will continue to be open to visitors at the times indicated. Guided tours are currently only possible through the former soviet secret service base.
Visitors are obliged to comply with the general rules of conduct, social distancing and hygiene.
The staff, some of whom are in home office, can also be contacted by e-mail.
We ask for your understanding and hope you stay healthy!
04. November 2020
Die Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten sucht ab sofort, eine*n Referent*in für das Haushaltsreferat der Stiftung. Die Befristung beträgt 2 Jahre. Eine Entfristung wird angestrebt. Es handelt sich um eine Vollzeitstelle.
Jahresbericht 2019 der Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten erschienen
03. November 2020
Soeben ist der Jahresbericht 2019 der Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten erschienen, der als Download zur Verfügung steht.
Current opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday
1 pm - 5 pm for individual visitors
Closed on Mondays
Leistikowstraße Memorial, Potsdam
Tel. +49 (0)331-2011540
With the financial assistance of