Run on the Stasi-headquarters
On the evening of January 15th in 1990 demonstrators took possession of the headquarters of the Ministry for State Security (MfS) in Berlin-Lichtenberg. The Berliner Bürgerkomitee (Berlin Committee of Citizens) started here the closure and disorganisation of the MfS. One week later the Zentrale Runde Tisch (The Central Round Table) decided that a memorial place and research centre should be established in the former House No. 1 in the Stasi-Headquarters.
The new government of the GDR, formed after the elections on March 18th in 1990, made on May 16th a decision to establish the memorial place and research centre, but it was not realised as the responsible ministries were suspended when both states in Germany reunited.
That is why the association "Antistalinistische Aktion Berlin Nomannenstraße e.V." (ASTAK, Anti-stalinistic action Berlin-Normannenstr.) took it into their responsibility to start with the establishment of the research and memorial place. Because no institution in the united Germany felt responsible, the ASTAK overtook the sponsorship as well.
Since then first groups of visitors were guided through the building sporadically and on November the 7th in 1990 the "Forschungs- und Gedenkstätte Normannstraße", today the Stasimuseum, began their regular business. In the following years other associations like the committee "15. Januar" e.V., Help e.V. and the Eastern Europe-Centre moved into the building as well.