The Reichstag

Four hours before leaving Berlin, the group had a private tour of the Reichstag. We toured the halls of the historic building discussing its violent history (the building was burned and blame was placed on the communists by the Nazis), reconstruction, and metaphorical and literal transparency—the government is always open to and able to be viewed by the German people. Intersecting were two memorials in the building. First, the government decided to keep the signatures of WWII Soviet soldiers in the building as a reminder of Germany’s past. Second, a French artist built a memorial remembering individuals who served the government, some of whom were murdered by Nazis. In the memorial, a black box represents the Hitler and the Nazi movement. Enjoy the photos …