German Resistance Memorial Center

German Resistance Memorial Center

German Resistance Memorial Center
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Dorsetbean
Bournemouth, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Having heard about Claus von Stauffenberg and Sofie Scholl I wanted to pay my respects to theirs and the memory of many others who courageously resisted the Nazi regime. The museum has free admission and extremely well-presented with copious photographs and narratives displayed on large boards. I spent about 2 hours there but it wasn't enough if one really wants to do it justice. I ended up buying leaflets and literature to take home and absorb properly in my own time but left this building with a huge impression of just what these people were up against and the risks they took knowing the outcomes if they failed. An amazing tribute to the Resistance.
Written September 27, 2022
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naughtyjohn1964
Swadlincote, UK352 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Family
As many of the other reviews say, this is an amazing museum. And, it’s free. It is clearly also a place of ongoing research. It is simple and stark, detailed, distressing and demonstrates (like the Topography of Terror) that young Germans are determined to investigate the horrors of WW2 in detail. Four floors of fascinating boards to read. Not for young children as there is a lot of concentration needed and there is also a respectful hush in this building which saw the execution of those behind the Generals Plot. This features on one floor. Another floor details the last weeks of the war and the towns that tried to surrender, with often tragic consequences. The individual stories, carefully documented, moved me to tears. There is also a heart-warming floor about those Germans who hid Jews for the duration of the war. An utterly memorable place.
Written September 10, 2020
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AliceC6446
Bothell27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is an exceptional museum! Some people have reported that there is not much information in English, but actually all of the cards and museum "info" is translated into English. Original documents (letters, newspapers, etc.) are not translated, but all the stories are.

It is incredibly informative, and I think you need to plan for 2 hours at least. I did not budget enough time here, so I am left to do research on my own, but it really provides a good story of the German people who were against Hitler from the beginning. This is a side of the story that we don't hear enough about. And it wasn't just organizations, but average people who knew something wasn't right and tried to do something about it at great personal risk and cost.
Written June 8, 2024
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smrgeog
Vancouver, Canada2,531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
The museum doesn’t appear to be the most visited. There’s sort of a slightly sad atmosphere more people don’t visit a site commemorating those brave men and women who stood up to Hitler.

Although the courtyard of the museum is where von Stauffenberg and his other co-conspirators met their fate. It is also dedicated to those who had resisted the Nazi regime including Sophie Scholl and the White arose movement. Lots of photos and some original documents

All in all, it was interesting and enlightening. It’s close to a hop on hop off tourist bus stop (Kulturforum). Admission is free and masks required.
Written June 5, 2022
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craice
Hockley, UK646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Visited here last week, tucked out of the way so you have to make the effort to go and find this for a very interesting visit.
If you’ve heard of or watched the film Valkyrie with Tom Cruise you should definitely visit here as this tells the story of various assassination attempts on Hitlers life.
A very historic location with a great exhibit.
Well worth the visit.
Written September 27, 2020
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Diane R
Brooklyn, NY85 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Friends
This was the most inspiring place we visited in Berlin. The true stories of courage and conviction were powerful. People in all walks of life risked everything to oppose Hitler. Most were executed. Be sure to learn about the White Rose Society, the college students who resisted and paid with their lives.
Written October 14, 2023
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parksvisitor
Maple Grove, MN1,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I read many of the reviews beforehand, and I have to agree that the staff is unhelpful at worst and indifferent at best - they need an attitude adjustment, the rest of the memorial has improved significantly over the years.

The courtyard is cleaned up, but stark, as it should be. The statue and memorial stand out.

The displays and exhibits are plentiful and always have translated english text. There are a LOT of them, almost too many, but I understand they are trying to cover German resistance from all angles. Everything is done wonderfully and I learned a tremendous amount even with the limited time we had.

The exterior on the street and the entrance in the courtyard appear to be going through a renovation. Hopefully that will make it more inviting and draw attention to those passing by.

All in all an excellent testimonial to those who resisted the Nazis throughout Europe.
Written March 31, 2023
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Rob D
Brighton, UK242 contributions
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Sep 2021
Saw this museum the last time I came to Berlin so decided to take a look this time around. It's a really interesting perspective of the war which we don't really get to hear so it was very interesting to read about the things that happened within Germany. The only downside I would say it that the majority of the exhibit was text based so it became really quite heavy to read lots of large texts at each section. It would've been nice to break it up with some more visual and audio sections (e.g. the interactive maps on the top floor were really good)
Written September 15, 2021
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Garytwnyc
New York City, NY21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I had arrived to speak at a conference of trademark professionals in Berlin only hours before, but I had rested and was ready for the usual night out. A vendor had arranged things, and we had dined in a group of ten or so. Naturally there was plenty of wine to accompany our dinner of Mediterranean tapas, and my Mexico counsel was at another table sending shots of tequila our way. Like I said, the usual.

As we rode in the cab back to the hotel, the gentleman next to me, a vendor about my age and native German named Hermann, asked if I had been to the plaza across the street from the hotel. “No,” I replied, I had not. If it was ok, he would like to show me the plaza. Upon stepping from the car he took my hand and led me. His mood turned serious as held my hand tightly. I felt a light rain beginning to fall. Hermann pointed me to a permanent red wreath hanging on the building wall. This, he told me, thirty feet from my hotel, was the Bendler Block. This was the site where the leaders of the German resistance were shot to death by the SS after attempting but failing to assassinate Hitler. Hermann wanted me to know that the German Resistance had been robust, and that the Jews had had many allies. That all of Germany was not anti-Semitic. He told me that he had asked his grandmother why they had not tried to stop the genocide, and was told simply, that if they had they would have been killed.

I cried. Slowly at first, but more and more the tears came, the overwhelming sadness and loss. Eventually, my legs gave out as I thought about the generations of Jews that died. Those never born. I crumpled to the cobblestone and wept. Hermann sat down next to me, and cried with me, still holding my hand.

We cried for several minutes, there in the darkness and rain, and then we crossed the street back to the hotel bar. It was pretty full. We kept talking, ignoring the other people around us. The silent TV screens were tuned to a German news channel. Images of Hitler and rows of Third Reich soldiers flashed. “Why?” He asked. “Why do they have to keep showing this?!” He was sorry, he told me. But that was so long ago. He didn’t do it. He wouldn’t have. He begged me for absolution, which I could not give.

I was bawling again, and numb to the stares of the party-goers around us. Through my sobs, I told him that I understood what he was saying, but that they were dead. Millions and millions of people. My people. My relatives. Dead. That all of his sorrow and remorse, and all the years passed could not bring them back.

I told him, because even today there are thousands of people who deny that the Holocaust ever even happened. That anti-semitism is again on the rise. That just last week an Israeli tourist had been beaten in Berlin for speaking Hebrew. I told him that I had been scared even that same day. That I felt a shudder as I handed the German police my passport, my papers, for review at the airport.

I told him that those images should play forever. Because without them, the world will forget. And it will happen again. Millions more will die. It may happen anyway.

Hermann took my hand again and led me back across the street. To the museum and memorial plaza. To the plaque and wreath showing the spot where the members of the resistance had been lined up and shot. “Poom. Poom. Poom. Just like that,” he said. “Poom. Poom. Poom.” He continued begging forgiveness on behalf of his family and his people.

But still. I could not give it. We hugged and cried together again.

This night was powerful. Meaningful, between Hermann and me, but still it yielded no resolution. No absolution. Only sadness.
Written October 23, 2019
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Brian W
Gosport, UK222 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Well worth a visit to learn about Operation Valkyrie, shame the staff were unhelpful and grumpy. Every question I asked was met with one word replies, it was a very hot day I suppose. The museum itself is 5 star.
Written August 4, 2018
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