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Friday, July 13, 2012

Bright and early ( well 8:15) we set off to meet one of the guide who do free walking tours of Berlin. Our guide was an American history researcher named Eric who is studying at the Humboldt University. He was very knowledgeable as his area of study is history.

Of course a big part of a trip to Berlin is to see where the wall was. It was Cary to think that it went up in one night. We visited check point Charlie which has 'guards' who pose for pictures with tourists. You can also buy all your necessary soviet memorabilia ........ Hats, badges, fake guns name it, it's on sale.

I've found out lots about Hitler during this trip. Bits I didnt know are

1. He was born in Austrians had such a strong Austrian accent that many Germans couldn't understand him

2. He was rejected from the Austrian military in WWI because he was too small but he enlisted with the Germans and was a runner. The average life expectancy of a runner during a battle was 5 days. Guess he beat the odds.

3. A German guy tried to blow him up in 1932 ( I think) but missed him by 12 minutes. The guy was captured, interrogated, kept alive for the whole war in detention and then executed when it became clear they were about to lose. Guess Hitler beat the odds again.

4. Hilter was a bit 'off with the pixies' at the end but I don't think he was crazy. I think he was evil.......deliberately, consistently and methodically. I believe this same evil still resides under the surface of European society.

We saw the memorial that was built in the centre of Berlin to commemorate the 6 million Jews that died in the holocaust. Difficult task to represent that number if people. We saw the location of the bunker in which Hitler committed suicide. It is now a car park.

We ended the tour ( which took 4 hours) with story of how the wall ( the administrative and political one rather than the concrete blocks) finally did come down. Great story and even has support of YouTube video clips.

After Ashley and I walked back to several museums. It was 7pm before we finally got home to the hostel. My back hurts (i think i hurt it in prague) and I was so tired we didn't even have dinner that night. Just are an apple and went to bed.
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