Haus 1, Ruschestrasse 103, Berlin


Although this looks like a still from the superb recent HBO series “Chernobyl” it’s actually the secretary’s desk in the former office of Erich Mielke, who was the head of the Stasi in the GDR for over thirty years directly overseeing over 90,000 spies and 170,000 normal civilians who secretly watched and reported on their fellow countrymen, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The former Stasi HQ is now an excellent museum.