Berlin’s Topography of Terror Center

posted by Sharon November 20, 2017 20 Comments
Berlin Topography of Terror

The Topography of Terror is a Documentation Center in Berlin that opened in 2010 to inform all who visit about the Nazi reign of terror. It’s an outdoor and indoor exhibit built along exposed walls of what once the site of the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS, and the Reich Security Main Office. As you work your way along the chronological displays outside, you see the original cellar walls.

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Some photos need no words, though. Topography of Terror Berlin

Inside the Documentation Center, displays portray the victims of terror, as well as setting out the events of Berlin 1933-1945. Topography of Terror Berlin Topography of Terror Berlin Topography of Terror Berlin Topography of Terror Berlin Topography of Terror Berlin

Topography of Terror Berlin Topography of Terror BerlinIt is amazing to stand on the very place where terror originated and where people suffered. Sad, yes. But this Topography of Terror Center is also a tribute to those who put an end to this historical terror. Berlin went from one oppressive regime to another, and the Center shows the layered history of Berlin so well. The Berlin Wall cut through this same place just a few years later, bringing a different kind of suffering to Berliners. Berlin Topography of Terror

Berlin Topography of TerrorBerlin Topography of TerrorIt’s heartwarming to see young people as well as older adults respectfully learning about this history. Not only is this Center a remembrance of so many who were victims but it’s also a way to Never Forget. Topography of Terror Berlin

 

The Documentation Center is open daily 10:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. The Center is free of charge. You can find more information about how to visit here.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

Wow – so much history to take in!

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Carol November 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

I love reading your posts and your last few Berlin posts have been somber reminders of what terrors man is capable of. Thank you Sharon for being such a faithful documenter and please continue.

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Lydia C. Lee November 20, 2017 at 7:32 pm

We didn’t go there. It’s unbeleivable we could have done something so awful, and yet seem to be heading down the same path again. Shame on us.

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Fun60 November 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm

It doesn’t make for easy reading. You would think that the evil that happened there could never be repeated!

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Jim, Sydney, Australia November 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Very interesting.

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jesh StG November 20, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Even though as a European have seen these images more than once, it never becomes easy or casual:( Many of the American Millenials should see this – it would change their attitude about certain things. Cannot thank you enough Shoron for the guts to post these things! I’m not stuck in the past, but it would be foolish to know, forget, and go through it again! Appreciative of you sharing this with All Seasons! Have a beautiful week!

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup November 20, 2017 at 11:38 pm

This is such a moving post. My heritage is German (although my ancestors left Germany well before Hitler came to power). As such, I can never stop wondering what role I would have played. I like to think I’d have done the right thing, but the fear of what would happen to those who did not cooperate with the regime was fierce.
Thank you for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/11/moonlight-and-sunrise.html

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// Heidrun November 21, 2017 at 10:09 am

I enjoyed this Post again.

Look, if you like, we had an exhibition here in Augsburg
http://www.timbayern.de/ausstellung/sonderausstellung/

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Lisa Pomerantz November 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

That is an amazing amount of frightening history to take in. I had no idea such a place existed. We all need to visit to prevent this from happening again… Thank you!

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Judee@gluten free A-Z Blog November 22, 2017 at 2:55 am

It is so difficult to look at these photos knowing that these horrific acts took place not so long ago and for some of us in our lifetime.

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Lolo November 22, 2017 at 7:08 am

I remember visiting this back when I was 17 and being shocked! It left quite the impression on me and when my husband and I make it to Berlin one day, I would definitely show him this museum! #CityTripping

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Kelleyn Rothaermel November 22, 2017 at 10:18 am

I love how Germany is holding itself accountable instead of pretending it never happened. My husband said as he grew up he never heard much about WWII and wasn’t until he moved to the U.S that he learned all the stories, but that is changing now.

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bettyl - NZ November 23, 2017 at 6:48 am

Great post. We always need to remember the past so we don’t repeat it. Thanks for sharing these shots.

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Amanda November 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm

We visited this museum last year, and I found this museum quite difficult to process. The use of propaganda was terrifying, but the museum is a good reminder to not relive the past. #FarawayFiles

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Mini Travellers November 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Gosh I bet that was tricky to be there, bt it is so important to see. Thanks for linking up.

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Lisa November 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

I visited the Topography of Terror myself just a few months ago and I was at a loss of words. It is so hard to stand at that exact place where all those horrible things happened but still the exhibition is so well made. Totally agree with everything you sais and recommend everybody to visit when in Berlin. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Corey at fifi + hop November 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

I can imagine it was a fascinating experience to wander the very grounds. And a mix of feelings as like you say it’s a reflection on those who made terror happen, but those who made it end as well. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) November 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

A very sobering experience and incredibly important exhibition. You’re right, some of the photos say it all. Thanks for linking #citytripping

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Michelle November 27, 2017 at 7:39 am

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I visited Berlin – when I was there, this exhibition wasn’t even up yet! It’s to important to remember this part of history, unpleasant though it may be, to keep ourselves from repeating the same mistakes. Thanks for sharing!

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Sol Solntze November 28, 2017 at 7:25 am

An important, if harrowing, museum. That photograph with the boy…

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