Living Memorial Museum group visit Berlin
The Healing Through Remembering Living Memorial Museum Sub Group visited Berlin this March on a city-wide site visit tour to look at the capital’s museums and how the city commemorates its difficult past.
The group’s visit was hosted by the House of the Wannsee Conference memorial and Education Site. It was in this house in 1942 that Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the Reich Security Main Office, chaired a meeting of high-ranking civil servants to plan the implementation of the ‘final solution’.
There the Sub Group met people involved in commemoration and museums and had the opportunity to share their experiences of looking at museums and conflict.
They visited a variety of conflict related sites including the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre, the Chapel of Reconciliation, the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Centre for Witnesses to Contemporary History. They also took a walking tour of the Berlin Wall including the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the Jewish Memorial, Topography of Terror, Hitler’s bunker, and the former Gestapo headquarters.
The trip ended with visits to the DDR Museum and the Stasi Prison. The purpose of the trip was to inform the work of the Sub Group when considering how best society can best commemorate and reflect on conflict through the use of museums.