Today I took my final trip with the same great tour company. This time it was the SANDEMANs New Berlin SACHSENHAUSEN TOUR.
small car used for tourists
I don't have much positive things to say about this concentration camp, as you can imagine, so you can just take the pictures in and some of the captions. It was truly a grim experience for me and the other tourists. I felt very heavy and reflective on the way back into the city. I never want to go to another concentration camp again because I felt horrible after being at Sachsenhausen.
a look at the actual layout of the whole camp
i know it is hard to see but this building was called the Green Monster. it got that name because the prisoners who were actually lucky enough to work at this house (and not out in the elements) got to prepare & serve all the soldiers, guards, Hitler and his croonies the succulent food they were not allowed to eat. Sneaking a bit of food was punishable by death. Therefore green monster was born. i agree!
inside one of the barracks/prisons
solitary confinement. i am sure it was a million times worst for the prisoners
where prisoners were shot to death
the "oven". this was one of the most disgusting things i have seen to date of my entire life
the "body room". dead bodies were piled up high in this room
Our tour guide left us, at the end of the tour, with this little tidbit from Mark Twain, "History doesn’t repeat itself—but it does rhyme". Very interesting indeed.
That evening I took myself off the to the Reichstag (the seat of German parliament).
Even at that time of day, after 5pm, the line was still very long. But I was happy to go in and see a huge piece of German parlimentary history.
The next day my train left after 11am so I didn't have time for another tour or much sight seeing. I didn't really want to either as my time in Berlin was just enough.
grafitti art in the train station
I had my fill of war, Hitler, graffitti, grimy surroundings, no green, and that overall big city, constant construction feel. I was not into Berlin but as I said before, I am glad I was able to visit Germany's capital.