Context Travel: Topography of Terror, Nazi Berlin Tour

by James Glazebrook


Context Travel: Topography of Terror, Nazi Berlin Tour

Storified by überlin · Sun, Oct 07 2012 10:07:05

I recently spent a week tweeting for @I_amGermany, and the best thing I did by far was the Context Travel Topography of Terror, Nazi Berlin Tour. I’ve already been to the Topography of Terror, the former headquarters of the Gestapo, SS and state security, so I wasn’t expecting to learn much. But thankfully that was just the last stop on an epic, three hour walk through the city’s dark past. Our guide Herri started his story back in 1237 - the year that the Nazis said Berlin was established, so they could throw it a big 700th birthday party - and carried through to the run-up to World War Two, and its enduring effects on the city it long divided. My tweets can’t do justice to a tour that introduced me to the many historical sites I’d overlooked, and showed me the obvious attractions through fresh eyes, but maybe they’ll give you a taster. 
Brandenburg Gate! http://twitpic.com/b0d1qqI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0d0n4 recognise this? Clue: some important scenes in a major Hollywood film take place in, on and around hereI am Germany – James
Fact about the Hotel Adlon- the last emperor reserved a suite to shower in because the Palais had no hot waterI am Germany – James
Hitler cut down the linden trees on Unter den Linden in 1936 and replaced with trees smaller than the flagpolesI am Germany – James
Didn’t realise there was an British sector of Germany as well as Berlin. we used to own the whole Northwest of your country!I am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0dj9c Bundestag, #BerlinI am Germany – James
These white crosses commemorate people who died trying to cross the #Berlin wall http://twitpic.com/b0dknfI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0do01 memorial to all elected officials interned by the Nazis, in front of the Reichstag, #BerlinI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0dpg9 "Den Deutschen Volke" #Berlin ReichstagI am Germany – James
@El_7oss @Davethedick wow, in standing in front of it and still getting it wrong. DEM Deutschen VolkeI am Germany – James
Heinz Sokolowski tried to cross the #Berlin Wall after 7 years in prison. He was killed on this spot. http://twitpic.com/b0e0gwI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0e45o apparently the US embassy in #Berlin gets called Guantanamo 2, because of how it looks from this sideI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0eaar "the secret of salvation is remembrance", old Jewish proverbI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0ee9e an original piece of the #Berlin wall, a gift from a cement companyI am Germany – James
Under this pavement is Hitler’s bunker http://twitpic.com/b0eiceI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0ejkx DENKmal. More MauerI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0em39 the face of Johan Georg Elsner, who planted a bomb in an attempt to assassinate HitlerI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0eqi8 a rare example of brutalist architecture in #Berlin, the Czech embassyI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0et8z the former Ministry of Air Defence, a building of typically Nazi scale and orderI am Germany – James
Social realism, a mural of tiles commemorating the DDR http://twitpic.com/b0eu7zI am Germany – James
Flags, Finance Ministry. http://twitpic.com/b0cxr1I am Germany – James
Did you know that the Nazi book burnings was organised by academics and intellectuals themselves?I am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0ewzt Die Welt balloon, tethered to a Trabi, #BerlinI am Germany – James
http://twitpic.com/b0f1ng the Topography of Terrors, built on the ruins of the Gestapo, SS and state security headquartersI am Germany – James
@ContextEastEuro tour over, full of fascinating information, but in dire need of food.Thanks for all the replies, which I’ll answer in a bitI am Germany – James
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