Sadly and unjustly, many people around the world relates Germany straight away with the terrible Jewish genocide and the Second World War. The German people have many years of history and many stories to tell, but it´s also important to have a historical memory and never forget everything that took place during that sad time.
2013 is a commemorative year of the National Socialist uprising, since the Third Reich came to be in 1933, exactly 80 years ago. Berlin has made 2013 into a theme year where everything that happened will be analysed and addressed and the influence that it had on society and the world.
160,000 Jewish citizens lived In Berlin when the Nazis came to power, a time that would end in the terrible and tragic Holocaust.
To show all of this, the theme year includes a series of exhibitions, activities and events that will take place every month. There will be various institutions that will participate in this project in order to show all the information possible on this historical period to all the population and visitors of the city, a time that changed the history of mankind. Churches, universities, museums, archives and various associations in Berlin will take part in these aforementioned activities.
The event that will start off the theme year on Nazi Germany will be in January, at the Deutsches Historisches Museum. Many of these events will remember the persecution suffered amongst the Jewish population as well as other marginalised and forgotten sectors.
Not only will it be about remembering the lives of those who suffered but also of those who contributed to counter national socialism and who fought so that Berlin was a more diverse city: scientists, artists, writers and all sorts of workers and people made Berlin into a mosaic city before all the horror began. This way, it´s also a commemoration of the destroyed diversity, a diversity that returned to Berlin when everything ended and of which we can also be part of in this wonderful city today.
Some important events in February are:
-Exhibition “Destroyed Diversity – Berlin 1933-1938” (Deutsches Historisches Museum)
You can find many more events if you enter the official webpage of the theme year:
They have also designed a map with which you can easily located the places where the events are taking place and move from one to another in Berlin with ease.
2013 is a great year to travel to Berlin and soak in all the history and events that destroyed the rich diversity that the city enjoyed before 1933. And, of course, to see for yourself that Berlin today is one of the most diverse and culturally rich cities in the world.
To stay in the German capital during your holiday there, a comfortable and cheap option is to rent apartments. There are many apartments at Only apartments in Berlin that you will surely like, so check them out and find your perfect one!