The Topography of Terror chronicles the horrors and atrocities of the Nazis from the period 1933 to their fall in 1945. It is situated near the boundary between West Berlin and the former communist East Berlin and is adjacent to part of the Berlin Wall which was erected during the Cold War.
The documentation center was built on and near the former buildings used by the Third Reich Government during their time in power. Many of these buildings, such as the Gestapo and SS Headquarters, were heavily damaged during the war and the subsequent allied invasion and later completely destroyed.
In the 1970s, these ruins were excavated and revealed cellars which were used by the Nazis to torture, imprison political prisoners and also functioned as the head quarter for the secret police. In 1987, the old "Prinz-Albrecht-Area" was made into a documentation center and museum dedicated to revealing the horrors of the German Third Reich and the reigning head quarters of the Nazi SS and Policestate.
The venue contains a lot of graphic detail in written form but also in pictures and recordings, depicting how terrible conditions were for those not favored by the Nazi regime. It is a sobering and thought provoking journey into the not too distant past.
Topography of Terror Reviews
Well worth a look. Plenty of information about the Nazi party. Very informative. Buildings near the area are still marked by gunfire from 1945 when the allies headed towards the Gestapo building.
Disappointing. It has no impact at all. It\'s like reading an outdoor wkipedia entry.
Incredibly moving, a very powerful experience, a must-see in Berlin. Never again...
Very interesting and informative concerning how the National Socialist oppressed various peoples within their own
country as well in Europe. A must be stop in Berlin, Germany. It inspired me to read a book on Israel's capture of
Adolph Eichmann in Argentina in 1960
one of the few places that haunted me for many years with the idea of what if
had to make the same stand would I have had the courage to do the right thing
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