• Posted:Thursday, May 6, 2010
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Go to Berlin to learn more about the war
Keeping the bad times of the war in a person's memory is not necessarily a negative thing, in fact it can be extremely educational and important to remember these days, a thought that struck me as I was lying in my Berlin hostel bed one night.

But instead of just reading about the atrocities that occurred during the Second World War, I decided to go out and take a look at the tributes there were for these terrible tragedies. And I was pleased with the acknowledgment that I saw.

In Berlin, for example, they have a holocaust memorial, which commemorates the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. It was a bit of a tearjerker, particularly for my girlfriend, but certainly something we both agreed was important to educate ourselves about.

Just down the road, building work was going on. Employees were constructing a museum – the Topography of Terror - on the same site which used to house the Gestapo secret police and the SS. This is now set to open today (May 6th) to mark 65 years since the Second World War.

Director of the museum Andreas Nachama told Agence France-Presse that the building has been constructed as a place where people can come to learn about the heartbreak, somewhere that is associated with the proprietors. He added: "We wanted to make the history visible."

And people who are interested in this kind of thing will probably also find visiting the house where Anne Frank hid away with her family and wrote her famous diary in Amsterdam a moving experience to visit the house where Anne Frank hid away with her family and wrote her famous diary in Amsterdam.

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