Thursday, December 27, 2012

Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds.

The goal of the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds is to illustrate to the world the "Fascination and Terror" {Name of the permanent exhibit} of the Nazi Party.



Indeed, it is not a Holocaust museum but a focus on the party's immense following, strategy, strength, and consequences while focusing most specifically within Nuremberg including the Nuremberg Trials and Nuremberg Racial Laws of 1935.  The  stories of Hitler's rise to power and the domination of the Nazi Party are displayed using pictures, witness testimonies, period newsreels and Nazi propaganda and described with labels --many of which are in English -- and audio guide -- also in English. 



In addition, the museum includes a series of touch screens which allow users to see the Rally Grounds then versus now and clips from film director, Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will.

The exhibit though adequately titled in part with the word terror left my mind swimming with information about the National Socialist Party -- a topic which normally triggers a shut down for me.  When presented with information about Hitler's final solution or the Holocaust or the Gestapo, I just don't understand.  The act of ordering genocide and mass murders and ethnic cleansing and the idea that so many people could follow through said orders is not logical or understandable.  But the Documentation Center is a bit different.  It offers some whys and some hows without insult of justification.
Although emotional and bleak, the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds is well worth a few hours of your time and the 5 euro admission.

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