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Berlin

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Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay in my post...I have been pretty busy. Time to play catch up on all I have been up too in the last 4 weeks!
Berlin was a great city to visit, it was so full of history. Mostly dark German history but also full of dark Russian history post ww2. It was fairly late when we arrived there. As we found a hostel for the night & as you know a college kid always is hungry so we grabbed some grub before we wandered around. It didn't take us long till we found a protest which we tried steering clear of but soon found ourselves surrounded by a few thousand cops in riot gear so we decided the capital will have to wait till the next day lol. The protest was something about immigrants & there rights in Germany or something.
We saw all the famous land marks like Brandenburge gate, the Victory tower, the Berlin wall, lots of memorials & last was my favorite part of the trip. About 200 km out of Berlin sits the first concentration camp made by Hitler & this was also the head of all the concentration camps along with the SS school. The SS school is used today as the police training school as it over looks the camp to remind them of there mistakes & to help it from happening again. The camp tour I took showed me a different approach on how & why the camps were built. As my classes before just displayed them as huge slaughtering camps but the truth as I found out was much more. These camps didn't mean certain death for everyone who when to them. Most where there for talking back to Hitler and his movement, Hitler would crush them mentally in the camps so they would not speak against him. Some more interesting facts where the experiments on the prisoners. They had test from pain killers to energy shots being experimented on them to make it better for the German soldiers. They also had out side company's pay to test products there, like Adidas used the camp to test boots & sneaker products to sell. There is a lot more but you will have to look at the pictures and ask me questions.

Posted by CoachHall 11.06.2012 03:45 Archived in Germany

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