Going into Berlin, I was more conscious about the historical aspect of the trip than I was in any of the other countries I went to. What I mean is that for the other countries I felt like I could speak more freely on historical matters of the war but in Berlin I thought I would have to watch how I say things especially if I was talking about Nazis. When walking through the museums such as the Topography of Terror Museum, I thought that I would see some slightly skewed perspective of the war however, out of all the countries I went to the German perspective of the war was the closest to how I have learned the war through school. The Germans were straight to the point and very direct when talking about the past. They didn’t put the blame on anyone else but themselves. The Germans realize that they are the ones that caused the war which gives me a great amount of respect towards the German population.
The Topography of Terror Museum is a building where the Nazi government offices were. I couldn’t wrap my mind around walking into a building where some of the most ruthless people walked. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was expecting when walking into this museum. How were the Germans going to portray their own people who oversaw killing millions? I was surprisingly shocked. I noticed that the articles and pictures were direct and gave more detail than I was expecting. I learned more about these people than I ever have before. This museum went into depth and detail about all their lives. Not only give me an insight to how they were placed in the powerful position they were given but I learned about what they did during their time in the Nazi regime and what happened to them after the war. I was in awe of the German population because they probably have some type of guilt being from the same culture that caused World War II but instead they told the war exactly how it happened. The Germans didn’t try to cover anything up or skew the perspectives at all. They told the war exactly how it happened which is admirable.
I think as an American, I have a victor’s perspective. Once we entered the war, that’s when the tide changed in the European front. Going to Germany was the first time, I was in the presence of a country where they were the ones defeated and destroyed. I think that the Germans have done and will do everything in their power to never let that happen again and I was able to see the changes when walking through the Reichstag building. They are inclusive and accommodating to everyone. They have a parliamentary system which divides governmental powers, they have open clear walls and open spaces which helps the deaf community and they also have brail for the blind. It was truly a wonderful experience to walk through and see how the Germans are taking the lessons from the past and making changes to improve the future.