|In Courtroom 600.
The cross wasn’t there during the trials.
It’s somewhat of an odd feeling spending Independence Day in Nuremberg, the site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials after WWII. While people at home are celebrating our country’s independence from Britain, I am sitting in Courtroom 600, the exact room where the trials were held. As defined on Wikipedia: “The trials were most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, judicial and economic leadership of Nazi Germany, who planned, carried out, or otherwise participated in the Holocaust and other war crimes.”
I can’t help but think about all the Germans who listened to Hitler’s promises. They were hoping for miracles, a better life for themselves after their country was ravaged by WWI. What if they had been “independent thinkers,” not desperate and grasping at the glimmer of hope offered by Hitler? Could the Holocaust have been avoided?
|At the Nazi Party rally grounds.
Hitler would stand at the platform (where you see the three people at the top)
and address the crowds.
|A really nice view of Hitler’s planned Congress Hall. (Thanks, Scott!)
Built to resemble the Coliseum, the building was never completed
because the workers were needed to fight in the war.
I think about the dangers of not being an independent thinker. It’s so easy then to fall prey to “pack mentality.” (This is simply my opinion. I’m not looking to start a political discussion!)
|Grand Circle’s “nod” to the Fourth of July|
|Fourth of July cake!|
Thank you, Sophie, for finding a way to safety. Thank you to the “`founding fathers” and all who came after to provide a safe place in which to pursue our unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And finally, thank you to all those who fight today (in many different ways) to keep America independent.