KGB / STASI PRISON

ENTRANCE TO THE RUBBER PADED WATER  CELL.

CELL DOOR

DURING THE LAST DAYS OF NOVEMBER 1955, THE CELL TO THE RIGHT OF THE KGB / STASI UNDERGROUND INTEROGATION PRISON -EAST-BERLIN, HELD TWO MEN: PRISONER  NO. 12-2 AND PRISONER NO.12-3 FROM THERE, PRISONER NO.12-2 ( BRITISH MI6 AGENT FRIEDEMANN ), WAS LED TO THE GUILLOTINE AND BEHEADED ON DECEMBER 22,1955. PRISONER NO.12-3 ( JURETZKO), RECEIVED A SENTENCE OF 13 YEARS AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON.

                      Cold War Museum Event/ Exhibit Press Release

February 5, 2004

The Cold War Museum- Midwest Chapter proudly announces the opening of its mobile KGB/ Stasi Prison cell door exhibition at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday, March 12, 2004.  The event will open with a reception at 5:00pm followed by a presentation by two former East German Stasi prisoners at 6:00pm.  The event is open to the public with no formal admission charge.  However, donations made to the Cold War Museum effort are kindly appreciated.  A cash bar will be available.

Werner I. Juretzko and John Van Altena, both former prisoners of the East German regime, will discuss their confinement in one of the world's most deplorable prison systems.  Mr. Juretzko was convicted of espionage for Western intelligence in 1955, serving six years of an original thirteen- year sentence before his release.  Mr. Van Altena, an American citizen, was convicted in 1962 to serve six- years in confinement.  His crime was the intent of smuggling a family out of East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie in a secret compartment of his car.  He had served over 18 months before his release was negotiated successfully from the East German government.

About the Exhibit

The cell door originates from the former KGB/ Stasi underground interrogation prison in East Berlin (Hohenschoenhausen) .  The exhibit is complete with an authentic prison guard uniform and prison garbs of a maximum-security prisoner.  A supplemental display shows the prison's location in Berlin as well as images of a guillotine used to execute political prisoners of the regime.  Together each piece of this extraordinary compilation of genuine, rare East German artifacts forms a Cold War mobile exhibition for the Midwest Chapter.  The exhibit was previously on loan to the Safe House Newsroom, home of the Milwaukee Press Club, and is on display for an indefinite period of time in the main lobby of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.  The Center is located adjacent to the attractive Milwaukee Art Museum at 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive on Milwaukee's beautiful lakefront.

For questions about the event or exhibit please contact Chris Sturdevant via email at
csturdev@hotmail.com or by voicemail at 262-227-1198.  For more information on the Cold War Museum- Midwest Chapter please visit www.freewebs.com/coldwar .

PRISON GUARD UNIFORM AND PRISON GARBS.
RED ARM AND LEG BANDS ARE DESIGNATING
 A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISONER.
 

JOHN VAN ALTHENA NEVER IMAGINED TO BE LOOKING AT THE INSIDE OF THE CELL DOOR AGAIN, HE ONCE CALLED HIS "HOME."
POSING IN FRONT FROM LEFT TO RIGHT ARE CRIS STURDEVANT, WERNER I. JURETZKO,  DAVID BALDWIN, FRANCIS GARY POWERS JR. AND JAMES E. BUNCE

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