Interestingly, we thought there was a dearth of public exhibits pertaining to the Second World War in Berlin.Perhaps we were just looking in the wrong places, but there is a distinct feel that John Cleese from Fawlty Towers may have just been onto something!
We persevered and discovered that the Deutches Historisches Museum had an exhibit running currently dedicated to all that was the rise and fall of the Third Reich.The exhibit set out to answer many an unspoken question – such as how did Hitler rise to such supreme power, by means of exploring the current political and social climate.A fascinating display!
Seeing first hand numerous artefacts from the war certainly brought home the extreme horror and sheer despair suffered by thousands at the hands of the National Socialist Party.
Moving on from this amazing Museum, we ventured over to the Neue Wache – the central German memorial to all victims of war, created in 1816.This historical building strongly contrasted with that of the more modern interpretation further down Unter den Linden.
The Holocaust Memorial is a stark reminder of all the Jews that lost their lives throughout Europe.Completed in 2005, the dark grey columns of varying heights symbolize the six million Jews and others that were murdered by the Nazis in Concentration Camps between 1933 and 1945.
Walking amongst the columns towards the deep centre, you couldn’t help but feel the extreme cold, damp, and darkness.Walking back towards the light certainly helped to lift the sombre mood, making it all the more moving considering this was never an option for those to which this structure is dedicated.
In the words of the Roman Philospher, Aurelius Augustinus, ‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.’
This is one page in history that should never have been written.