Athens Gestapo HQ


At the end of 1941, the Germans occupied Athens. In the wake of the occupation, the German secret police, the Gestapo, arrived and set up their headquarters at Merlin 6 in central Athens. Greek citizens were brought to headquarters who had or were suspected of having links to the Greek resistance movement. Sometimes it was enough that the person showed an anti-German behavior, which could be enough to attract Gestapo’s attention. At headquarters there were interrogation rooms and prison cells in which prisoners were interrogated and/or beaten for the purpose of extorting recognition or disclosure. Sometimes prisoners were released if the Gestapo considered it justified or they could be sent to the Chaidari concentration camp in western Athens. The possibility of being sent to camps outside Greece was also available. When the Germans left Athens in October 1944, the headquarters returned to civilian possession.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished with monument (2019).

Address: Merlin 6, 106 71 Aten.

Get there: Metro to Syntagma station.

My comment:

During the eighties, the building was converted into a shopping centre and no rooms or cells remain. To what extent these remained until then, I do not know. However, a cell door was found/preserved which is now part of the monument that is at the entrance.

Follow up in books: Höhne, Heinz: The Order of the Death’s Head: The story of Hitler’s SS (1969).