Saturday, May 24, 2014

Berlin and Dresden - Germany

Germany is a country with a very complex history. From its dark past to its economic distress, difficulties have arisen. But their spirit is strong and the country has dealt with its transgressions in an appropriate way - with transparency.  By constructing a Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims, funding a Topography of Terror museum and other memorials in Berlin, it is insured that what transpired cannot and will not be forgotten.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe Murdered under the Nazi Regime

But it's not all solemn. Potsdamer Platz is full of stores to explore and Museum Island has amazing examples of human feats.  The Berlin Wall, though once erected as a barrier by the GDR, now serves as a platform for political and inspirational art.  And in Dresden, the Zwinger Museum is host to unbelievably beautiful art, including Raphael's Sistine Madonna, as well as a china collection from Augustus the Strong, the elector of Saxony and King of Poland.  The architecture, though mostly reconstructed after the Dresden bombings, still contains some of the original stonework, visible as black stone mixed in with the newer material.
Portion of the Berlin Wall

While we weren't able to spend as much time as we wanted to in Germany, I am looking forward to our remaining time in Europe! Tomorrow we explore Prague!

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