Thieves take medals and gold from Stasi Museum in Berlin

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The grim former Stasi HQ – now a museum – was the place political prisoners had been held


Burglars have stolen communist-era medals and jewelry from the Stasi Museum in Berlin, housed within the former secret police headquarters.

The break-in occurred simply six days after diamonds price thousands and thousands of euros had been stolen from the Inexperienced Vault, a part of a former royal palace in Dresden.


The objects stolen in Berlin are price “a couple of thousand euros”, museum director Jörg Drieselmann informed the BBC.

The Stasi had an enormous community of spies and informers in former East Germany.

“Eight or 9 orders had been stolen,” Mr Drieselmann mentioned, however a number of the medals had been facsimiles, and “the bodily harm accomplished through the break-in prices greater than what was stolen”.

Among the many objects stolen had been an Order of Karl Marx and an Order of Lenin.

Mr Drieselmann mentioned the jewelry taken was a pair of earrings, a hoop with pearls and gems, a gold watch and a gold timepiece.

The burglars broke in by a ground-floor window on Saturday evening, utilizing a close-by roof, and at the moment are on the run.

A part of the museum is the previous workplace of Stasi chief Erich Mielke, preserved as demonstrators discovered it once they stormed the Stasi constructing in January 1990.

When the communist East German state collapsed, after the autumn of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the Stasi was discovered to have many valuable objects confiscated from dissidents.

Mr Drieselmann mentioned most of these valuables had been later returned to the house owners, however some objects weren’t claimed, in order that they had been placed on show within the museum.

In some instances the Stasi bought confiscated jewelry within the West to earn much-needed exhausting foreign money.

Mr Drieselmann mentioned the housebreaking lasted solely about 15 minutes and guards weren’t holding a everlasting watch all through the evening.

Police investigating the a lot larger Dresden housebreaking of 25 November have supplied a €500,000 (£427,000; $551,000) reward for data resulting in the suspects or the restoration of the stolen gems.

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Media captionThe second thieves broke into Dresden’s Inexperienced Vault