When we started planning this trip Berlin, Germany was not high on my list. I just didn't have interest in going! Little did I know it would be my highlight. We learned so much and were able to experience a little history. I CANNOT even fathom what happened here just a few short years ago!
July 26, 2010
We fell in love with this Cathedral and this plaza. The dome is the prettiest I have ever seen. We stood admiring this beautiful building and just years ago stood thousands of NAZIS hailing to HITLER in this exact spot.
Berlin is a very new city because it was bombed and destroyed during WWII. However there are still old buildings like the cathedral that survived. If they survived their statues have missing limbs, and black charcoal is all over it.
We loved the old Berlin but also loved the new too! Like sitting here enjoying our Currywurst while listening to locals cheer on Germany during the World Cup!
We got kicked off the train(apparently our tickets were no good) in the middle of no where. So we waited on the one and only plat form for another train. But we did finally make it to the tiny town we were looking for...
WOMENS and CHILDRENS CONCENTRATION CAMP.
It took us 20 minutes to walk from the train stop to the camp. Our walk was gorgeous, green and peaceful. The town was charming and the cobblestone was perfect.
We kept saying over and over how beautiful it was.
Even the outside of the camp was beautiful.
But just behind that building was horror! Pictures can not show what we witnessed and can not feel what we felt.
The bunkers are no longer there but you can still see the imprints in the gravel from all of them.
The shops were still in tact.
These shops were where the women reported to work everyday!
The prison cell.
Yes. You are seeing that correctly. This is where the women/children were burned.
I tried to imagine what these women/mothers were like. I tried to imagine what they were thinking about before they were led to the gas chamber and then burned here. They did nothing wrong yet were treated in the most horrible way.
It was very hard to picture the horrific scene when the surroundings were so gorgeous.
It was hard to believe that something so inhumane took place there! But it did. And it was all done for nothing! Millions of people lost there lives in Holocaust and my heart aches for every single one of them!
My heart was touched here at Ravensburck and I am thankful for the humbling experience.
This world travel was a great one and I am grateful to of had the opportunity to see more of the world!
Posted by Erin at 10:30 AM