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Nuremburg

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After a great nights sleep last night (Bill was snoring by 8 pm!), we had an early breakfast and were on the bus by 8:30. Today was all about the WWII sights in Nuremburg.

First stop was Zepplinfield,aka the Rally Grounds where Hitler and the Reich preached their propaganda to the masses. It was one of the first completed buildings by Hitler’s architect, Albert Speer.
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You can see in the photo below what the Rally Grounds looked like back in the 1930’s
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Rallies were held every September for 5-7 days from 1933 to 1938. Hundreds of thousands of German people attended the rallies each year.

Next we visited Congress Hall, a building designed to 50,000 people for Nazi indoor Nazi rallies. The design of the building was based on the Coliseum in Rome and included a self supporting room but was never finished due to the war.
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The Documentation Center Museum is located in a section of Congress Hall and details the original location off all areas of the rally grounds, the timeline of the rise and fall of the Nazi party and its affect on people, then and now.

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Interestingly, movies like Star Wars and Lion King have used the format of these rallies to make a point:
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In the Lion King, Scar is on top of a large rock with lights shining up around him and the hyenas parade below him.

Unfortunately, through so much of this exhibit, it was easy to make parallels between then and what is happening now in the Ukraine :(

For lunch, we were given time in the main square of Nuremburg. It was lovely and we had an excellent lunch of bratwurst and sauerkraut along with another pretzel for Bill.

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Our last stop of the day was the Hall of Justice where the Nuremburg Trials were held. It was interesting to learn so much about these war trials and to actually see the courtroom where these Nazi generals and conspirators were held accountable for the atrocities they committed.

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It was a full day of touring today and we were tired at 4:30 when we boarded the bus for the ride back to our hotel. Lots of walking which was a bit tough on Bill but he muscled through. There is a tour guide in training, Becca, who was wonderful today to Bill and really helped encouraged him to keep going. I think we’d still be back in the center of Nuremberg if it wasn’t for her. Thank God for good people.

We have also been fortunate to have really nice people on the tour with us. Luckily, there isn’t anyone who consistently keeps the group waiting or even anyone who is annoying. Some are very quiet, some fun and all are very nice.

Another busy day tomorrow as we leave Nuremburg and head to Dachau, Munich and Austria. Stay tuned….

Posted by pklein9747 18:53 Archived in Germany

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Are there cats in Germany?

by Kim Rainville

LOL!! Was just thinking of that today!! Haven’t seen a one, so I guess not!!!!

by pklein9747

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