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“A fine tribute to a great man”

Forum Willy Brandt Berlin
Ranked #139 of 954 things to do in Berlin
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Owner description: The Forum Willy Brandt Berlin is a location for historical information and political education. It is supported by the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation, one of five Federal Republic's Memorial Foundations for Outstanding Statesmen. Its central attraction is the exhibition about Willy Brandt and the political developments of the 20th century. It shows how the working-class boy and Nazi adversary became Mayor of Berlin, then Federal Chancellor and a highly respected international statesman. The Nobel Peace Laureate left a definitve mark on the development of Germany and Europe in the second half of the 20th century. Visitors from abroad are welcome: all information is translated into English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. For groups, we offer guided tours prior notice.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

Willy Brandt was one of Berlin's and Germany's most important statesmen, and this free exhibition of his life and times is a worthy tribute to him. With photos, film and documentation arranged in chronological order, his life is clearly displayed as one of huge substance to the return of Germany to humanity and respectability after the ghastliness of Nazism. The most impressive photo is of Brandt on his knees with head bowed in front of the Jewish Ghetto memorial in Warsaw. This spontaneous action led to West Germany's acceptance thereafter by the Communist bloc of countries, and the beginning of the end of the Cold War.
If anybody could be called a 'good' German, it was Willy Brandt, and this exhibition and research centre shows you why.

3  Thank Hal D
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Like the previous reviewer, I came across this museum as I was walking towards the Brandenburg Gate. I was quite surprised that there was no entrance fee. Having learned bits and pieces of Willy Brandt's life in other places, I was anxious to learn more about this accomplished man. The museum, which opened in early 2012, presented Willy Brandt's life, accomplishments, leadership and contributions in an organized manner by decades. The information was presented in the context of what was happending in the world during those decade. Very well done and very informative. Do not miss the 30-minute film, which included truly amazing films taken during and after World War II. There are English descriptions next to all the photographs and other displays, which would likely be sufficient for the typical visitor. I initially also used the audio guides, but, as is often the case with audio guides in museums, I found the information on the guides far too detailed and long-winded. They could extend the visit by hours. The guides may be valuable to serious students of this particular historical subject.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stumbled across this as we were strolling along Unter Der Linden, heading to the Brandenburg Gate. It's ironically almost on the opposite side of the street from the Russian Embassy. This is a well -organized museum of the life of Willy Brandt who worked against the Nazis in WW2, became mayor of Berlin and, ultimately, Chancellor of West Germany during the time of the Cold War and construction of the Berlin Wall. Lots of pictures, letters, notes, etc are on display and helpful and friendly staff eagerly hand out cards to swipe over the audio devices that are located at many points along the displays. This is a wonderful piece of German and world history before and after WW 2 and the Cold War. Willy was there before the wall and he lived long enough to see it come down.

This is a FREE museum and we were pleasantly surprised to find it as this added to the greater understanding of the whole big picture of Germany during the last century.

Highly recommended.

3  Thank MaineTravel50
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