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Holocaust Memorial
Racing Through Warsaw to Berlin

August 13th 2016
<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Day 200 Friday 5th August 2016 – Vilnius to Warsaw A respectable time for a bus 10.35am so had breakfast packed and opted for a taxi instead of the 30 minute walk. We got the last two seats together on the bus but they were right at the back luckily they don’t sell the middle seat so they are only 4 people across the ... read more
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German Flag As Europe's largest economy and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20t... ... read more
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14th August 2016

We survived!
Well, those were a couple of bus rides from hell! I took one of those long, frying, airless rides down to Tierra del Fuego, and many of us truly thought we were going to suffocate because we only stopped at border crossings! They didn't survive--Berlin has lots of museums and memorials to those who didn't survive Hitler's predations--a moving one under that Holocaust Memorial, a Resistance Museum, Jewish Museum and the Wannsee estate, so no one forgets what the Nazis wrought. I suspect they did not want the bunker saved because it would have been, as you said, a magnet for neo-nazis. The Germans are fabulous in teaching the history of Nazism in schools and have come to terms with it, much more than say, we Americans regarding Vietnam, Iraq, etc, etc. Unlike Americans, they don't forget their past.
14th August 2016

We survived!
Have read heaps of books on the Nazi era and didn't expect to get further insights into this sad episode by being here but we sure did. Berlin makes you realise how one bad election can change a country, the world and history forever. Really feel sorry for the German people having the stigma of the Nazis era hanging over them but they deal with it in the best possible way, by not hiding it. Yes I would love to sit here and throw rocks at America, but the sins of Australians are no better and there is an old proverb about throwing stones in glass houses which is very apt. As for that bus to Tierra del Fuego, I think we were the couple up the front squashed behind the driver, and yes we survived.

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