Rome - SIPO HQ


After the Germans occupied northern and central Italy on September 11, 1943, the German Security Police (SIPO) installed their headquarters on Via Tasso in central Rome. The premises had previously been used by the cultural department of the German embassy. SIPO’s head in Rome was Obersturmbannführer Herbert Kappler and he rebuilt several rooms to interrogation rooms where several suspected opponents were taken for interrogation, often under torture. When the Americans liberated Rome on June 4, 1944, the headquarters was taken intact and the prisoners who had not been taken away by the SS were released.

Current status: Preserved with museum (2018).

Address: Via Tasso 145, 00185 Rom.

Get there: Metro to Manzoni station.

My comment:

Clearly an interesting museum that is well worth visiting where parts of the cells on floor 1 and 2 remain or have been reconstructed.

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