Here we are at the t.v. tower
We fell in love with Alexanderplatz square. It contained this cool cathedral, and some beautiful museums.
We loved looking at these buildings, but it’s tragic to know that at one point there were hundreds of Nazi’s hailing Hitler on this exact spot.
We were able to do so many things in Berlin...once we figured out how to get to them.
I wanted to see the World Time Clock. Apparently I was the only one in our group that wanted to see it. So they made me take a picture by myself…
So we waited for another train. But we did finally make it to the tiny town we were looking for...
WOMENS and CHILDRENS CONCENTRATION CAMP.
It was about a 20 minute walk from the train to the camp. The town was super cute and peaceful. Everything was cobble stone and green.
It’s hard to imagine that we were walking to such a horrible place.
Once we got to the outside of the camp I was shocked to see how beautiful it was.
There were nice cottages in front (for the Nazi guards) and a pretty lake.
But just behind this building and gate was tragic. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you walk inside. Pictures don’t do it justice either. This place was home to thousands of deaths.
The shops were still in tact.
These shops were where the women reported to work everyday.
All in all, more than 132,000 women and children were incarcerated in Ravensbrück. 92,000 of them died in the camp by starvation, executions, or weakness. During the last months of the war the SS decided to exterminate as many prisoners as they could, in order to avoid any testimony about what happened in the camp. For example, 130 babies and pregnant women were gassed in March 1945.
They ordered the women still able to walk to leave the camp in a Death March. Only 3,000 exhausted or ill women were left in the camp, as well as 300 men.
This is where the women/children were burned. It was hard for me to comprehend that this was real. That people actually used it for that purpose.
While inside we were looking through the records of those who were imprisoned, I found many prisoners with my maiden name. This experience was heartbreaking, but I’m grateful I got to get a tiny glimpse of the conditions these poor people endured.
The last thing we did in
Here I am with Napoleon's hat and sword!
This vacation was amazing. I learned so much, I saw things that you could only see in History books, and I got to do it with my favorite person!