Muslim women, black Africans and gays on Karl Marx Strabe. Hitler and his henchmen set out to eliminate all of these, and particularly the Jews, from German society. I knew some of this but the details were harrowing.. I didn't realise, for instanc,e how deep-seated and historical was the hatred of the Jews in Europe. It preceded Hitler. He became it's ultimate expression.
I spent three hours today at what is known as the Topography of Terror site. An area based around the massive Third Reich central administrative complex. In a wall of information and in a specifically dssigned building, the story of the rise to power of Hitler's National Socialists was told in unforgiving detail.
Topography of Terror - Luftwaffe building in the background
Ironically only Goring's Luftwaffe headquarters survived the allied bombing and stands today as a reminder of the excesses and the ambitions of Hitler. He and his architect,Speer, had designed a new Berlin as the capital of the new German dominated world. It was to be named Germania and the central building was to be a closed, covered arena which could hold 200,000 people. The scale of the vision was monstrous.