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[Photo Journal] Dokumentation Obersalzberg

Dokumentation Obersalzberg Address: Salzbergstraße 41, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

One of the tours that my family and I did while in Munich last year was the Berchtesgaden and Eagle’s Nest Day Tour. I think our first stop was in this place:

Dokumentation Obersalzberg

Address: Salzbergstraße 41, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany

 

Here is a description of the place as found on their official website:

The Dokumentation Obersalzberg is a place of guided learning and remembrance designed by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich – Berlin on behalf of the Free State of Bavaria. It offers the visitor to this historic site the opportunity to study and reflect on the history of Obersalzberg and the history of National Socialism.

 

… the permanent exhibition is accompanied by special exhibitions, lectures and events as well as a comprehensive educational program. Dokumentation Obersalzberg thus serves to reflect on the National Socialist past.

 

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.” 
― Primo Levi

 

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” 
― Elie Wiesel

 

“…Despite the mayhem that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.” 
― John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

 

And now, a prayer – or rather, a piece of advice: let there be comradeship among you. We are all brothers, and we are all suffering the same fate. The same smoke floats over all our heads. Help one another. It is the only way to survive.” 
― Elie Wiesel, Night

 

“Part of her revolted against the insanity of the rules. Part of her was grateful. In a world of chaos, any guidelines helped. And she knew that each day she remained alive, she remained alive. One plus one plus one. The Devil’s arithmetic…” 
― Jane Yolen

 

When their bodies had finished scouring for gaps in the door, their souls rose up. When their fingernails had scratched at the wood and in some cases were nailed into it by the sheer force of desperation, their spirits came toward me, into my arms, and we climbed out of those shower facilities, onto the roof and up, into eternity’s certain breadth. They just kept feeding me. Minute after minute. Shower after shower.” 
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

 

Our answer must consist not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answers to its problems and to fulfill the task which it constantly sets for each individual.” 
― Viktor E. Frankl

 

“I’m not talking about YOUR book now, but look at how many books have already been written about the Holocaust. What’s the point? People haven’t changed… Maybe they need a newer, bigger Holocaust.” 
― Art Spiegelman

 

“Oskar is the fruit of those fantasies — the idea that what needed to be saved was not just lives but hope.” 
― Richard Simon, Oskar and the Eight Blessings

 

“We all try to explain away the Holocaust, Abu Ghraib, or the Sabra Massacre by denying that we could ever do anything so horrible. The committers of those crimes are evil, other, bad apples; something in the German or American psyche makes their people susceptible to following orders, drinking the grape Kool-Aid, killing indiscriminately. You believe that you’re the one person who wouldn’t have delivered the electric shocks in the Milgram experiment because those who did must have been emotionally abused by their parents, or had domineering fathers, or were dumped by their spouses. Anything that makes them different from you.” 
― Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman

 

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1 comment on “[Photo Journal] Dokumentation Obersalzberg

  1. It’s sad that this is so timely. Thank you for sharing these quotes and these pictures.

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