23. bis 24. November 2023
Öffnungszeiten: 11.30 bis 16 Uhr
Standort: Vorplatz Sächsischer Landtag, Bernhard-von-Lindenau-Platz 1, 01067 Dresden.
Vom 28. November bis zum 8. Dezember ist die BLACKBOX HEIMERZIEHUNG auf dem Gelände des Sächsischen Staatsministeriums für Soziales und Gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt zu sehen.
Der Eintritt ist frei.
Dresden transit home
Transit homes were part of the GDR’s system of special homes and were usually prison-like facilities to accommodate children and juveniles temporarily.
In 1951, a transit home was established at Am Steinberg 5 in Dresden-Wachwitz. Over the years, it changed addresses several times, moving to Döbelner Strasse 54 in 1963 and to Togliattistrasse 30 (today’s Glacisstrasse), in Dresden’s city centre, in 1977. The transit home provided space for 30 juvenile girls and boys.
Due to the strict security regulations, transit homes were similar to prisons and always meant depriving the children of their freedom. At the Dresden transit home, rooms were locked at night and the windows were barred. There was an arrest cell and a signal system connected to the nearest police station. Documents show evidence of violence, as well as attempted suicides and escapes.
In 1987, the Dresden transit home was closed during the reorganisation of all GDR transit homes.
Children and juveniles aged 3 to 18 were accommodated in the GDR’s transit homes until a decision was made about their futures. They included minors who had run away from home because it was too dangerous for them to remain with their parents. Others were due to be housed in more permanent homes, but were still waiting to be allocated a place. Due to the strict security regulations, transit homes were similar to prisons and always meant depriving the children of their freedom. After their official closure in 1987, some facilities continued to operate as transit facilities.