You know the courtyard where they executed Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators. It's open to the public. I got to walk through it.
The whole site is now the German Resistance Memorial. And the road has since been renamed to Stauffenbergstraße after Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg.
|The Bendler Block as seen from the road,|
or rather the front door of my hotel.
|A picture of the courtyard from July 20, 1944.|
|The courtyard as it is today.|
Not much has changed.
|Propaganda posters from the '30s.|
Two floors are permanent exhibitions. The first floor is an exhibition about Jewish women victims of the Third Reich. I got about half way through that, but those stories are very difficult to take.
The second floor has a very large exhibit about the German resistance. Unfortunately, most of it was in German only. The only English I found was in the room about the communist university students who organized a very slipshod resistance ring and were subsequently executed (they never committed any acts of resistance and were caught by a janitor for throwing leaflets from an auditorium balcony). So that was a bit disappointing, but I'm gonna guess I am not the target audience.
It was really sobering to see that site.