What happened to our great weather????? It turned cold, windy and rainy today! But we still toured Nuremburg and thoroughly enjoyed it. I refuse to say we had fun because it wasn’t fun to see all of the documentation about Hitler, the concentration camps, and the Nuremburg Trials. Hitler was preparing Nuremburg to play a major part in his government. It became the hub of all of his plans for showing the world how powerful he was. The old black & white films of troops marching in a coliseum were recorded here. Of all the structures he had planned, only one was completed.
We toured the Documentation Center and learned about Hitler, how he started, how it grew from taking care of people to the concentration camps, from helping to hurting. I have heard Obama compared to Hitler but, so far, he doesn’t have the charisma or the patience that Hitler demonstrated. Many of our current events seem to be mimicking Germany in the early 1930’s but I like to think we have learned from history. I hope so. The pictures and videos will make you stand back and really think about what could happen if we, as citizens, don’t stand up and say where we want our country to go in the future. If you get a chance, tour the Documentation Center in Nuremburg. We didn’t have enough time to see everything we wanted to see but what we saw was enough.
After a short drive to the old town, we had lunch with some university students. We got to spend some time with one of them and learn about their life. It was fascinating. Our student was Denise, mid-20’s, I’d say. She has a German mother and an American G.I. father but her parents split when she was 2. She spoke almost perfect American English, but not because of her father. She loves to travel and she has visited the U.S. multiple times. I think she was as excited to meet us and we were to meet her.
After lunch, we strolled around the old town but it was just too cold and windy to stay outside for long. We took the bus back to the river barge and rested for a bit. After dinner, we had a young man entertain us with country music. I know what you are thinking … “country music in Germany?” Yes, he did a little German country music but he also did some Elvis, The Kingston Trio, The Boss, and some country-western American singers. I have to admit, I wasn’t thrilled with his singing but he had the audience singing along. Ed went back to the room to read. I will be joining him as soon as I get this blog posted.
It’s been a good day.