In Austria, we went to the Ehrenberg Museum, which was at the base of the mountain where Ehrenberg Castle sits. I touched on this museum in another post. This was actually quite interesting. Visitors can follow along with Heinrich, who was a knight. We learned about the Crusades, jousting tournaments, the plague, alchemy, and long distance trade. Parts of the museum were interactive, which kept it interesting. The road behind the museum is the same road the Romans used to connect the north with the south.
Another museum in Berlin was the "Check Point Charlie" museum. As soon as you walk in, there are numerous thick books that have the names of people who died in Concentration Camps and Russian Work Camps. Out of curiosity, I opened the book with the K's, and turned to my maiden name. I was a bit surprised when I saw 1 man with the same name. I emailed an aunt when I got home to see if she knew anything about it, and she put me in touch with a distant cousin who has done some research on the family. He said that he had heard the name, but couldn't tell me anything more other than to let me know that there we did have some ancestors who were Jewish.
In the museum, there were displays of how some people escaped over the wall. Very interesting and very creative!
Part of "The Wall":
Within the building, there is "The Garden of Exile":
Then, we have "The Voids":
The Voids are made out of bare concrete. They are not heated or air conditioned, and are not lit. The metal "faces" is a "sculpture" called "Fallen Leaves" by an Israeli artist. When you walk on the "faces", you can just imagine the screams. The Museum's Voids refer to "that which can never be exhibited when it comes to Jewish Berlin history: Humanity reduced to ashes." (Daniel Libeskind, 2000)One of the other structures within the museum is "The Holocaust Tower".
Daniel Libeskind says: "Inside this place we are cut off from the everyday life of the city outside and from a view of that city. We can hear sounds and see light but we cannot reach the outside world. So it was for those confined before and during deportation and in the camps themselves.
I have to admit, it was very uncomfortable standing in that space, imagining everything the Jewish people went through.
Eisenach gave us the LutherHaus. Martin Luther only lived there for 3 of his school years.
It was amazing to walk through the house, knowing that Luther walked down those same halls as a boy.
The BachHaus is also in Eisenach. This is where Bach is believed to have been born:
We heard a man playing instruments typical during Bach's time:
Strolled in the garden:
The location of the well is where it was in Bach's time:
When MN & I were in Weimar, we visited the Town Palace (which is now a museum). We went by the Museum of the Earliest and Ancient History of Thuringia as we were walking to & from town, but we didn't go in. The last time we went by, there was some kind of children's fair going on. There was a man making knives:
We went by a lot more museums, but didn't go in. Guess I'll have to do that next time!