"World WarII - Sites and Links" Germany Favorite Tip by chris.hh

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Favorite thing: Germans are not proud of is their history especially in WWII. I started a collection of links and some important cities or locations that might be worth a visit if you are interested in this part of history. Somehow our history still influences us to a certain degree. I kind of felt guilty even as a young person whos father even was born after WWII. We learned a lot in school almost through all subjects of the activities of our ancestors - in history, politics, German, religion and so on. It took a long while until I could say that I feel good to be German. My granddad was in war as a soldier and after he turned 80 he started to talk about his experiences. Before we had the soccer games in 2006 you almost never saw a German flag (what people from the US might no believe...) but now since we are crazy for soccer - Germans dare to show their flags, too. But mainly in connection with sports. Almost no one would fly a flag in his garden at the National Holiday...

Berlin
Deutsches Historisches Museum
www.dhm.de
Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin

Exhibition in Berlin and good online info (in German and English)
Open-Air Exhibition, Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin
www.topographie.de/en/index.htm

The Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind (for those who are interested in architecture, too)
www.jmberlin.de/site/DE/05-Rund-ums-Haus/03b-Fotodownload/Aussenansichten-Libeskind-Bau/aussenansichten-libeskind-bau.php

Memorial for Holocaust Victims in Berlin, architecture by Peter Eisenman:
www.holocaust-denkmal-berlin.de/index.php?id=38

Fondest memory: - Headline does not fit at all -

Munich
concentration camp Dachau (in English)
www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de/index-e.html

Nuremberg (Nürnberg in German), known as Nuremberg Rally (Nürnberger Reichsparteitag)
www.museen.nuernberg.de/dokuzentrum/index.html
The Yale Law School offers this site with English info on the Nuremberg Trials
avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/imt.asp

A Jewish museum in Fürth which is a city close to Nuremberg that had a high Jewish population before WWII
www.juedisches-museum.org

Leipzig, Weimar, Erfurt,
Concentration camp Buchenwald - one of the biggest camps on German territory. It is little more than one hour by train from Leipzig; about 3,5 hrs from Berlin
www.buchenwald.de/media_en/index.html

Dresden
Here I just give a link to Wiki for further info on the bombing that destrayed the whole centre of Dresden which was known as such a beautiful city.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II
Some infos on important buildings in Dresden
www.semperoper.de
www.frauenkirche-dresden.de/startseite+M5d637b1e38d.html
www.schloesser-dresden.de/index.php?&lang=en

Hannover and Hamburg
Concentration camp Bergen-Belsen
This is the place where also Anne Frank was imprisoned.
www.bergenbelsen.de/en

Not in Germany but Netherlands is not that far...
Amsterdam
Here you can visit the place where Anne Frank's family lived hidden.
www.annefrank.org/content.asp?pid=1&lid=3&setlanguage=2

Online information
This is a governmental site for political education, lots of info - just in German however.
www.bpb.de/themen/XNLHOF,0,Nationalsozialismus_und_Zweiter_Weltkrieg.html

Sequences of speeches and documents (in German and English)
www.holocaust-history.org/

About WWII and the Holocaust (in German)
www.shoa.de

And last but not least a website "Net against Nazis" of the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung (in German)
www.netz-gegen-nazis.de

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