Fairwell Berlin dashing through closin train doors

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Here i am sitting in the alley way of a train right next to the door writing in my journal because the other one we reserved never showed up. This one came and hour and a half later with hundreds of people all packed in and as i was racing towards getting on the train the doors were closing as i was jumping through haha! But now i'm happy in my little corner writing my journal.

It's now the 12th and we're on route to Wurzburg.

Since the morning of the 11th, it's been great so far, and although the weather has been mostly under 20 and its meant to be around 30 at this time of year I've still enjoyed every moment and learnt so much about this city. We woke up on the 11th and the English guys had left so i was now attempting to communicate with the French guy. And actually got a bit more out of him this time. Dan and myself trotted off to the Zoo station where we jumped on a tour to Sachsenhausen Concentration camp. This ended up being very intense and sad. This important camp was meant to be the model for all others and was one of the biggest concentration camps. Went on a tour here with a guy that was studying German history (fundly enough) so was fairly knowledgable. Learn't all about the horrible tortures and acts towards the prissoners here (jewish, russian, gay, etc) Other prisoners such as the british and american ones didnt get treatment anywhere near as bad as the above, and all up over 50 thousand people died in this camp. In this camp there was an 'A Tower' (which symbolised the start entry for the prisoners) and had a view of the entire camp, and fitted with a machine gun ofcourse. The camp was triangular so there was no escape without being noticed. the 'Z location' was where the preisoners life ultimately ended. In this location they thought they were getting a medical and shipped to a nicer place, instead they were shot in the back of the neck and burnt. The intent of the Nazi's was to kill all of the prisoners like this, but the russian army advanced to quick and the SS Nazi soldiers had to get them and leave. Apparently in this camp graves were only recently uncovered as one of the POW's came back to discover that no one knew about a mass grave. This was not a death camp such as Auswich in poland, but genocide did occur at both. The tour was very interesting, however sad and disturbing to know what human's can do to each other... I'm glad i went though. Only a very small insignificant amount of 'neo nazi' activity still exists in far eastern germany where its frowned upon by everyone. One thing i found interesting was the place where Hitler was last standing before he shot himself in ihs bunker. It's just a patch of grass out the back of an appartment building amoungst a car parking lot. I found this out by asking the tour guide on our Sachsenhausen tour in which he marked it on my map of the city.

On a brighter note, German people are so lovely and very eiger to help someone like myself that may appear to be lost on occassions. haha! Berlin is a great place thats clean and has so much interesting sites and very radical history. The country is generally a happy place and a great place to visit.

Catchya later Berlin...
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