Foundation for the History of Totalitarianism

KGB Prison Door

Large metal door from the cell of a prison run by the KGB – the secret police of the Soviet Union which operated in Russia but also other parts of the Soviet empire such as the Baltic States: Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. The inside of the door facing the prisoner is shown. The metal sheet facing the prisoner has been punctured from the other side multiple times. The purpose of this was to create a very sharp surface. So, if the prisoner tried banging on the door, his or her hand would be severely cut.

This is one of a number of artefacts we have acquired. We hope to exhibit them in due course.

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