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Holocaust Memorial

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  • Day30

    9/11 in Berlin

    September 11 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    I've spent 9/11 many places since 2001. Walking through Berlin today has been especially moving and thought provoking.

    Hundreds, thousands of kids lost their parents that Tuesday morning. This really hits home for me-- I lost my own dad when I was 10 . It mustn't happen again. We deserve to feel safe, and I'm thankful for my friends focused on security-- especially those willing to risk their own lives to protect us.

    And yet...you can't walk through this city without constant "in your face" reminders of what can happen when the desire for security gets out of balance.

    Memorials to the millions of people-- Jews, Romani and others-- killed by the Nazis. Pictures of a bombed out city, and stories of thousands of civilians who died. The history of the Berlin Wall, and those killed trying to cross it.

    None of us ever wants another day like 9/11, and we do what we must to prevent that. But at the same time, let's never make the same mistakes our German cousins made-- letting our fears drive us until our own country is destroyed, and our own hands stained with blood.

    It turns out there is hope in this number too. One other interesting thing I realized today. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, on November 9. And in the European way of marking dates-- first the day, then the month-- that's 9/11 too.
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  • Day30

    Berlin highlights

    September 11 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    When I made the connection between 9/11 and Berlin's history, I was looking at the US embassy while standing in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

    This memorial was just one of many stops in the Rick Steves Audio Tour I followed this afternoon-- and thankfully, none of the others were this heavy.Read more

  • Day12

    The night

    September 4 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Came out of the museum at dusk and we found an Indian restaurant for dinner.
    Hitler’s bunker was right around the corner so after dinner we walk there. It’s a car park now. So incredible that this was the hive of WW2 planning and destruction and now it’s a car park with a view of the Jewish monument. What a fuck you to Hitler.
    We walked back to the monument as it is so different in the dark. We started to walk through it but we all got a bit scared.
    Onto the train and off at the gate again.
    Beautiful in the night lights. I cannot believe that I a standing here and it bought a tear to my eye.
    We went to the gay part of town and above the train station is a rainbow! Awesome!
    Had a drink at a bar and then headed home. Big amazing incredible day!!
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  • Day51

    Berlin - Gyurme Arrives & Walking Tour

    September 20, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Gyurme arrived at the airport in the morning and I met him there so he wouldn't have to figure out how to get to the apartment / become lost and confused in a foreign city.
    After bringing his bags back to the apartment, and me having relatively little concern for whether Gyurme had had any sleep in the last 30 hours or so, we headed back downtown to do the main city walking tour.

    This tour started at the Brandenburg Gate (very pretty) and the guide pointed out that the statue on top always seems to be glaring at the French embassy (Napoleon took it to Paris after defeating Prussia. The statue was originally Eirene, the goddess of peace (wow, Mum, I didn't know your name fit so well!), riding peace into Berlin, but was later changed to be Victoria, the Goddess of Victory.

    The tour also went through the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe". Even just the name bluntly hits you a bit. The memorial itself is a lot of (2711) concrete slabs in a sort of undulating hill sloping up while the ground beneath them slopes down. Inside it is dim, quiet, and kind of eerie. There's no official explanation for what the slabs represent, as long as it makes you think about what happened.

    After leaving the memorial, we went on to see the former Luftwaffe HQ building (very huge and imposing), complete with soviet-era bright happy murals from when it was the East Germany House of Ministries (#4). In front, blown up to the same scale as the murals, is the reality of that era: a photograph of protesters during an uprising that was suppressed by military force.

    Finally, we visited Checkpoint Charlie (a fake tourist attraction now) and a lovely square (Gendarmenmarkt) with two churches (competing to be the biggest) and a concert house building.
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  • Day11

    Berlin Day 1

    July 25, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    A big sleep in. Drizzle. Left here around 11am and walked through the Turkish Quarter - a little scary. Bus and U-Bahn to city and a walk to the Reichstag. Fortunately the drizzle stopped and it was only a little cold. Brandenburg Gate, Topographie des Terrors and Checkpoint Charlie. A day of History - discussing "cause, course and effects" of World War 2, the Holocaust and the Cold War. U-Bahn, bus and a walk home for home delivered Sushi and a relatively early night.Read more

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Holocaust Mahnmal, Holocaust Memorial

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