08 July 2009

A Somber Day

Today we woke up without a solid plan on what to do during the day. After a long discussion we decided to visit Sachsenhausen concentration camp. This camp is outside of Berlin and easily accessible for a day trip.

As expected this wasn't a place to go to feel happy. However, Kristen and I have been to Germany a few times now and felt that it was best to see an essential part of German history, no matter how repugnant it may be.

The camp itself is a cross between how it used to be and a modern museum. It was very informative giving details of the camp, its workers and its prisoners and victims. What was the strongest for me was the fact that there was no pushing the blame aside. Many times I have visited museums in Germany and blame for World War II has been placed aside, where in reality it was all of Germany that deserves blame. At this museum/camp, they explain it for what it was, pure and simple murder, done by murderers. It was very poignant and essential stop for every person. As said many times, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. It wasn't fun however it was something that I was glad that I did.

Afterwards, we went to a wonderful Austrian coffee shop, Kaffeehaus Morgenrot to wind down from the day. We had an excellent piece of cake as well as a hazelnut tart in addition to some hot chocolate with Arabian spices.

For dinner my Aunt Carolyn made some currywurst with Greek potatoes which was absolutely delicious.

After a long and educational day we're heading to bed and getting ready for our trip to Poland (surprise!) tomorrow.

Now: Photo catch up

Last Day Lisbon

Berlin 1

Berlin 2 (Today)


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