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  • The Wannsee Conference House was one of my favorite places to visit on this trip. First we were given a tour of the Conference House which I thought helped me understand more about the events that occurred there. The Wannsee conference house was a not only a conference center, but a guest house for SS men- usually of high status. In early 1942, plans were discussed of how to deport and murder the Jewish people living in Europe.
    When my class and I went upstairs we talked about the speech given by Richard von Weizsacker, the governor of West Berlin in the early 80's. The speech was given on May 8th 1985 commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of the war. Some remarks that Mr. Weizsacker announced to the public made me really uneasy. I do not believe that any speech or action can justify the actions that took place during the Holocaust and World War Two. At some points in the speech I think Richard von Weizsacker is trying to say that only a small part of the population in Germany was involved in Nazi crimes. He states, "The perpetration of the crime was in the hands of a few people". In my opinion, he meant this to be a factual statement, rather than an opinion based one which makes the statement entirely incorrect, in my eyes.
    My favorite part of this day was going to the hallway that had quotes from relatives of survivors and nazis. It gave a different perspective of the war; it showed how it can impact generations to come. Living proof would be my class. We all had some interest or tie to the Holocaust that pulled us into the light (so to speak) and gave us the courage to sign up for this class. Maybe not particularly on this day, but soon to come, I realized what an impact this trip would have on my life. Not only was I educating myself in this subject, I was also connecting on a deeper level with my thoughts and also other people's thoughts. This day was just the beginning.
    Fun Fact: I learned to like beer this day!
    Best Wishes,
    Sarah
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