Another former Eastern Bloc city, another museum full of Socialist detritus. More elaborate than the Museum of Communism in Prague, Dresden’s DDR Museum occupies several floors in an appropriately stark building.
To say that I was “looking forward” to visiting Terezín wouldn’t be quite right; rather, I felt I needed to go there. On a high school trip in 1989, I had visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland- a moving experience.
If it were February of 1945, this street would be on fire. At that point in World War II, the German army was retreating but had not yet surrendered, and the Allies were looking for ways to hasten the end of the war.