9. The Weight of History

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Berlin, Germany

I can’t think of any other city I’ve been to where the history of city and the nation sits as heavily on the shoulders of everyone there. It felt like very street, every square, every building has some mention of atrocities or human suffering that occurred at that spot. Pictured here is the Holocaust Memorial in the heart of the city. Walking amongst the stone slabs quickly became a disorienting and claustrophobic experience.

Underneath the monument was a holocaust museum. It was extremely tasteful and brutally honest. Nothing was withheld, images and accounts of the horrors committed by Germans were prominently displayed. I could not help but be overcome with emotion in this museum. How many people do I know today would have been persecuted by this ideology. Would I have survived?

What I think frightens me most about human history and its atrocities are not they they have occurred its that they will occur again. Museums like this are extremely important to remind people of what humanity is capable of but I know if society is capable of stopping it.

Photo taken on: February 9th, 2016 11:41 AM

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