July 11, 2022

Bereaving and Beautiful Berlin

We started off the day with a six mile bike tour of Berlin.

Max observes the spot in the Bebelplatz square where a huge amount of books were burned by Nazis in 1933. The memorial includes a plaque with a quote from the 19th-century German poet Heinrich Heine: “That was only a prelude.Where they burn books, in the end they will also burn people.”
This was our route through Berlin.
It was a beautiful day but it was tough to hear about the atrocities of WW2. After the bike tour we stopped and drank sodas at a park.
We rented electric scooters and headed to Check-point Charlie’s (the American check point during the Berlin Wall).
After Checkpoint Charlie’s we went to the Topography of Terror museum and spent many hours listening to a guided tour on our phones that explained how WW2 got started.
Brad, Max, and Wendy at the Brandenburg Gates
Brad and Max at the Memorial to Murdered Jews. If you were to say each name of the 6 million Jews murdered during the holocaust it would take you 6 years, 7 months, and 27 days.
Most buildings have been rebuilt, but you can still see bullet holes and statues like this one where the head and the arms have been shot off.
We had dinner at the hotel and it gave us some time to talk and process everything we had heard and experienced. After dinner Wendy took the kids to the movies to see “Thor’s, Love and Thunder.” It was a needed break from the somber realities of Berlins WW2.

One Response

  1. Beth Purtill says:

    Thor Love and Thunder and the WW2 memorials both tell the same tale-false idols lead to death and disappointment, evil and revenge. But God so LOVED the world He sent His 1 and only Son Jesus! Love you 6 so much! Thank you for letting us follow your adventure!

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