Regional Commissioner for the Dictatorship of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) in Thuringia

Der Landesbeauftragte des Freistaats Thüringen
zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur (ThLA)
Jürgen-Fuchs-Straße 1
99096 Erfurt

Außenstelle ThLA Gera
Puschkinplatz 7
07545 Gera

Außenstelle ThLA Suhl
Hölderlinstraße 1, Haus 2
98527 Suhl

Hendrik von Quillfeldt
Referent für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit/politische Bildung
Tel. +49 (0)361 57 3114-956
Fax +49 (0)361 57 3114-952

Dr. Anke Geier
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Tel. +49 (0)361 57 3121-691
Fax +49 (0)361 57 3121-692


Based on the Thuringian Rehabilitation Law from 2013 the regional commissioner is responsible for dealing with the past of the dictatorship of Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) in Thuringia. The commissioner and his office have a mandate to advise people who had been followed for political reasons in the period of the soviet occupation from 1945 to 1949 and in the period of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1949 to 1990. The regional commissioner and its office offer support in cases of rehabilitation and public information about the dictatorship in the Soviet occupation zone and GDR. The office of the regional commissioner works in close collaboration with the federal commissioner for the records of the Ministry of State Security of the former GDR (BStU).

Cold War Interests: 

The Thuringian regional commissioner has a wide range of cold war activities. First of all he provides information about the injustice of communist-policy by Soviet Military Administration and the SED in Thuringia during the Cold War. The staff answers questions on moral and judicial rehabilitation from the past and assists on issues of compensation. In school projects the destiny of persons persecuted for political reasons is presented to pupils. The files of the East German secret police (Stasi) are especially used to describe the situation under the 40 years of socialist government. The issues "expulsion and escape to Thuringia, in Thuringia and from Thuringia from 1945 to 1989" is the year's theme in 2016 and includes various events (presentations, publications, information material on the website).