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Rotherbaum

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  • Day17

    Sanssouci

    July 11, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Our next stop was Schloss Sanssouci, a palace built for Frederick the Great. Frederick wished to live “sans souci”, which means without worries in a palace outside the city. In 1745 he commissioned his favourite architect, Georg Wenceslaus von Knobelsdorff, to construct a palace in the Rococo style of his own design. In addition to the main palace, there are a number of other buildings constructed on the property, along with terraced gardens, fountains and much much more. Frederick was a kind and benevolent King who introduced fruit and vegetables onto the estate to ensure there was food for the people. We wandered around the estate for a couple of hours taking it all in.Read more

  • Day17

    Flowers of Sanssouci

    July 11, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    The gardens at Sanssouci and grounds are massive and they require constant attention. There is a large staff of gardeners constantly working on the estate to keep it looking good. In the winter, the hundreds of potted plants are moved into the Orangerie to avoid the frost and cold - that in itself is a huge undertaking.Read more

  • Day17

    Lunch at Gasthausbrauerei Meierei

    July 11, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Folke’s father-in-law had told him of a lovely restaurant on the River Havel which was not touristy, and so we decided to have lunch there. It was a beer brewery situated right on the river with beautiful views back to the bridge. We had a delicious lunch. Ian tried their local beer, and even Folke had a beer! It was very relaxing sitting outside in the sunshine taking in the wonderful surroundings.

    Something we have picked up from Folke but is also said by many Germans is the word SUPA (super or great) which they use a lot and that I will add to my vocabulary.
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  • Day17

    Schloss Cecilienhof

    July 11, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    After a delicious lunch we decided we needed to do some walking, and so we headed off to have a look at Schloss Cecilienhof, the home of Crown Prince Wilhelm. It is a little palace built in the style of an English country house. It was the venue used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference - the meeting of UK (represented by Churchill and Attlee), USSR (represented by Stalin), and USA (represented by Truman) to decide on how to administer the defeated Nazi Germany, which had agreed to unconditional surrender on 8 May, 1945. The goals of the conference also included the establishment of post-war order, peace treaty issues, and countering the effects of war.Read more

  • Day17

    Military Station No.7 Potsdam

    July 11, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Up until this point in the day we had seen beautiful and interesting places around Potsdam. This next stop was anything but pleasant or beautiful. This was a remand prison of the Soviet secret service (KGB), located in Potsdam amongst houses. What was most disturbing about this place was that it was operational until the early 1990’s, and Folke had been in the town while it was still operational, and had no idea of its existence. The building that was the prison had previously been a vicarage. Initially both Soviet and German citizens (mainly Nazis accused of war crimes) were imprisoned and interrogated here. In military tribunals some were sentenced to death, while many others were sent either directly to gulags in the USSR, or to so called ‘special camps’ that the Soviets had set up after WWII. In 2004 it was officially listed as an historical monument.

    Reading the stories of some of the people incarcerated there was heartbreaking, and so sad. There are very few records on most of the inmates of this prison- only a few cases could be clarified through extensive research, and these make up part of the memorial.
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  • Day17

    House of the Wannsee Conference

    July 11, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    We finished our exploring of Potsdam and headed back to Berlin, stopping at Wannsee House. The house and grounds are situated on Wannsee lake, and are beautiful. The house was built in 1915 and was owned by an industrialist. It was used by the SS from 1941 to 1945 as a conference centre and guest house. On the 20th of January 1942, fifteen high-ranking representatives of the SS, the NSDAP, and various ministries met to discuss their cooperation in the planned deportation and murder of the European Jews.

    The SS representatives reported to the state secretaries on the murder campaign which had been carried out by special units in the Soviet Union since August 1941, and on the killing methods already in use. What is now referred to as the “Wannsee Conference” was chaired by Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the Reich Security Main Office. His deportation expert, Adolph Eichmann, drew up a protocol of the meeting, which was found in 1947 in the foreign ministry files.

    The Wannsee Protocol documents with disturbing clarity the plan to murder European Jews, and the active participation of Germany’s public administration in this genocide.

    The exhibition documents the prehistory of the National Socialist persecution of Jews, the process of social exclusion, deprivation of rights and expulsion between 1933 and 1939, and the deportations, confinement to ghettos and the murder of the European Jews in German-controlled territories. It was a sad and difficult exhibition to walk through, and reading the accounts of victims and survivors was very emotional, and we left with a heavy heart.

    Many prisoners used art to maintain their personal dignity in a nameless prisoner society where they were branded and reduced to a number. They wanted to capture their experience of trying to cope with circumstances in the camps from day to day. There were only a few places in the camp where prisoners had the chance to produce art, unobserved by the SS. It was often difficult to get the materials and prisoners risked death if their drawings were discovered.
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  • Day17

    Other sites of Berlin

    July 11, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    After leaving Wannsee we headed back to the centre of Berlin, and on the way Folke pointed out some other areas of interest. We passed through Mexikoplatz, which is a beautiful square in the district of Zehlendorf. The square is flanked by elegant semicircular Jungendstil apartment blocks and in front of them is Berlin’s last remaining Art-Deco style S-Bahn Station. In summer all the terraces and balconies are full of flowers and greenery, and some of Berlin’s most impressive mansions are located on Argentinische and Lindenthaler Allee, the streets leading into the square.

    We also drove past the Tempelhof, a Nazi airfield built in the same style of the 1936 Olympic Stadium, which is located in the heart of the city. It ceased operation in 2008, as the runways were too short for modern jets, and it wasn’t economically feasible to extend the runways as it would involve demolishing too many apartments. This runway was also used to deliver goods during the Cold War when the East Germans put a blockade in West Berlin. Tempelhof is a huge building and outdoor space which is now a freedom park - there is a community garden in one corner and it is used for some events such as dance parties and some sections of the building currently house refugees.

    Next, we drove through Berlin to Checkpoint Charlie, which was a security control post border crossing in the American Sector when the Berlin Wall was up. It is now very touristy, and so our last stop of the day was “Topographie des Terrors”, which I will write about separately.
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Rotherbaum, Hamburg-Rotherbaum, Ротербаум

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