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Here is one item featured in my book. As can be seen at the foot of the page, there are many more. This article deals with one of the most notorious events in the history of Berlin - the Wannsee conference where Nazi leaders in party mood plotted the industrial mass murder of European Jews.

The book is a combined history and guide to Berlin. it contains a wealth of information about the city and its history. The research that went into its production took twelve years. This, of course, is reflected in my Berlin tours.

 

 

Wannsee Conference House Memorial

Am Grossen Wannsee 56 - 58

14100 Berlin - Zehlendorf

   

 

     

Public transport

Essentials

Bus: 114

S-bahn: 1, 7, Wannsee

Tram:

U-bahn:

Opening details:

Daily except public holidays 10:00 - 18:00

Admission: Free (Some special events are charged)

Tel: 030 80 50 01 25

Telephone in advance for English language tours for which a charge is made

All rooms are wheelchair accessible.

Getting there

 

From the S-bahn station catch a 114 bus directly to the location. The bus takes a circular route so to return to the S-bahn, catch the bus from the same bus stop.

Web: www.ghwk.de

Email: info@ghwk.de

Groups of more than 10 should make advance arrangements with the secretariat: secretariat@ghwk.de

 

In the 1870s a banker named Wilhelm Conrad founded the development of this district of villas for the upper middle class. Wealthy industrials, bankers, publishers, successful artists, including Jews, had fine villas built here as summer homes. This particular building began life as the Villa Marlier in 1916. It subsequently came into the hands of one, Minoux, who was an embezzler. He lost the house after his arrest. It came into the ownership of the SS in November 1941. They used it as a guest and conference house.

On 20 th January 1942 a conference was held here to plan the final solution to the Jewish problem. Laughing and joking over brandies, top Nazis plotted and planned the holocaust. In the chair was Reinhard Heydrich Obergruppenführer (SS Lt. General), Chief of the Security Police and of the Security Service (SD). The others who took part were: Gauleiter Dr. Meyer, Reich administrative Director (Reichamtsleiter) Dr. Leibrandt, both of the Reich Ministry of Occupied Territories, Undersecretary Dr. Stuckort - Reich Ministry of the Interior, Undersecretary Neumann - Office of the Plenipotentiary of the four year plan, Undersecretary Dr. Friesler - Reich Ministry of Justice, Undersecretary Dr. Bühler - Office of the Generalgovernment (Poland), Assistant Undersecretary Luther - Foreign Office, Obergruppenführer (SS Lt. General) Klopfer - Party Chancellery, Ministerial Department Head Dr. Kritzlinger - Reich Chancellery, Gruppenführer (SS Major General) Hoffmann - Race and Resettlement Office, Gruppenführer Müller and Obersturmbannführer (SS Lt. Colonel) Eichmann, both of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA), Oberführer (SS Senior Colonel) Dr. Schöngarth - officer commanding the SP and SD in the Gerneralgovernment, Sturmbannführer (SS Major) Dr. Lange, officer in charge of SP and SD for the general district of Lettland, as deputy of the Commander of Security Police and Security Service for the Reich Commissariat in the East (Ostland) - both of the above - Security Police and Security Office.

The exhibition of photographs and commentary in German and English explains the industrial mass murder of millions of Jews in sickening detail. It tells, for example, how on his second visit to Auschwitz, Himmler took part in the selection of those who were to be executed immediately and those who would be worked to death - in order that he might familiarise himself with the procedure .

Today the observant visitor to Berlin will notice in places small brass plaques set into the pavement outside numbers of premises. These indicate the names of former Jewish residents murdered by the Nazis. The plaques are called "Stolpenstein" (stumbling blocks) and are the result of a project by Berlin artist Gunter Demnig. The project began in 1993 and there are now some 5,000 in 60 cities, towns and villages throughout Germany . Demnig's intention is to bring back the names of the victims of the holocaust to where they once lived, something that he believes that other monuments do not do. They are intended to revive the memory of all the victims, including gypsies, homosexuals and resistance fighters. He lives and works in Cologne .

It is also possible to visit the Liebermann Villa at Colomierstraße 3. It was the summer home of the artist Max Liebermann. Examples of his work are on display. The location is only a few steps from the Wannsee Conference House.

 

See also:

•  German Resistance Memorial Centre

•  Liebermann

•  Plötzensee Memorial Centre

•  Topography of Terror

•  Weimar , the Nazis and the coming of war

 

During your tour of Berlin with me I cover many other aspects of Berlin history; The Reichstag fire, the book burning, the 1953 uprising, the wall and its fall and much more. You will find my Berlin_Walking_Tours insightful, thought provoking, educational and FUN.