Hugh Jordan

Nuremberg and Berlin

 

 

A visit to Nuremberg can help your students understand how it must have felt to be a citizen of the Reich.

 

It was here that the immense rallies were held each year, bringing together all sections of society to celebrate the new Germany.

 

Your guided walk through the Rally Grounds carefully explains their place in the exercise of fascination and terror - and also the economic background to their construction - to be paid for by the countries which would be invaded and occupied and to be built by slaves from those same countries.

 

The Times Educational Supplement quoted one of our passengers thus: In a pattern that will become familiar over the next days, Matt relates it to his own experience: "I've been to rock concerts and I guess it's a similar thing. There's a real vibe. Everyone's there to see the same thing, to do what everyone else does." And, as the guide points out, Matt's reaction is an echo of what the British ambassador felt as he watched one of the rallies. "For two minutes," he recorded, "I became a National Socialist."

 

Speer's New Congress Hall, in the centre of the Rally grounds, now houses an excellent exhibition and documentation of the period of Nazi power - we thoroughly recommend its content and interpretation, and include it in all our tours to Nuremberg.

 

Although it might be beyond your period of study, we also suggest a visit to the court room of the International War Crimes Tribunal, as it so neatly wraps up the Nazi period.

 

It is also possible to include a discussion session at the Human Rights Office.

 

 

 

And then it's on to Berlin  (please click for details)