This part of my Germany pictures are not really as pretty as the first batches, although I’ll try to mix some of those in. Erin and I spent a good amount of time exploring part of what has made Nuremberg internationally famous in the past century – it’s connection to the Socialist Party in Germany, the allied forces bombing in 1945, and the Nuremberg trials. The effect on this city is, for lack of a better word, immense. When we went up into that gorgeous castle we saw pictures of what the city looked like post-1945 bombs and were able to compare that to the gorgeous rebuilt city. We went to Zeppelin Field (zeppelinfeld) and stood where Hitler and his comrades once stood to address Nazi soldiers during Nazi party rallies. We also visited the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelande (I called it the Documentation Center) which has the Socialist Party history and taught me a whole heck of a lot.
What really stood out to me about these stories and the history were how easily I feel like this could be replicated. The economy in Germany was really really bad and here comes a leader promising prosperity, and delivering! The socialist party created a sense of national pride that made everyone excited to participate in party rallies and hesitant to believe “detractors”. One video in the documentation center featured people recalling their memories from that time period – how many women had crushes on Hitler, how they never know what actually happened to Jewish people or anyone else who was taken. Every day people were so far removed from the horror of the Holocaust and it’s impacts and, in the wake of what has been happening in the United States, I can’t help but see some similarities and be afraid.
I’ve been thinking a lot about equality and justice and power lately so this particular part of a trip came at a very poignant time for me.
For randomness sake, let’s contrast that with some beautiful random things.