Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church today. It was bombed during a raid in 1943 during WWII. The city of Berlin decided to leave it that way as a reminder and memorial to the war. The windows in the front are still blown out and have not been replaced...
|Cracks still in the ceiling in the entry way from the bombing.|
The kids were really excited to take the Berlin Underground. They love the subway system.:) And, there was even a subway Buddy Bear hiding out down there,:)
|You have to try Currywurst when you are in Berlin...so good!!:)|
|Picture of the kids in front of the Berlin Zoo.:)|
|Picture of the kids outside the actual Check Point Charlie post.|
|Inside the museum there are several exhibits showing how people hid in hollowed out compartments of cars and in suitcases to get past the border patrols. This is a mannequin..not a real person.|
|Elizabeth pointing to the marker near Brandenburg Gate of where the Berlin Wall once stood. These markers are all throughout the city.|
Guy and the kids looking at the wall from the Eastern side. Jeremy and Elizabeth really could not believe that a wall was built through a city to keep people from escaping to freedom on the Western side. It is almost unbelievable to me as well...
|Picture of the kids with the Berlin Wall and the old military building in he background.|
|Picture during the rise of the National Socialist (Nazi Party)|
It was a very well done exhibit, and I cannot even be able to due justice to the horrors of that war. Jeremy and Elizabeth were able to follow along also, and there were head phone stations set up where they were able to listen to speeches made by both sides of the war which brought history to life for them. Jeremy was completely blown away by the fact that people with handicaps and were too sick were murdered during that time (which was only the beginning of the horrors to come). It was not the most uplifting exhibit, but it did give all four of us a deeper understanding of the timeline and events of the war in the same place where the war happened.
Which leads me to the last picture of the day.:) When we got back to our apartment, it was time to relax and have some fun. Elizabeth decided to give Guy a new hairstyle...
See you tomorrow!:)