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Berlin, Wittenberg

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Some buildings overlooking the Spree.

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Facade of the Bundestag.

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Dome of the Bundestag, with up and down spiral walkways.

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The Brandenburg Gate.

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There used to be a wall here…

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The Holocaust memorial in Berlin. These giant, impersonal slabs symbolize the way that the Nazi regime dehumanized their victims.

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Another angle of the memorial.

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Another piece of the Wall.

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Both sides of Berlin.

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The French (Hugonaut) church built to support the expelled French nationals after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.

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Luther’s Bible, at the German National History museum.

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Perimeter wall at Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

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“Arbeit Macht Fret” translates to “Work Makes Free.” The camp would work its prisoners to death.

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Another bleak view of Sachsenhausen. This was the main area, where barracks held the political dissidents and later Jews / homosexuals / Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.

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The Ishtar Gate. This was the first of two gates leading to Darius’s temple (or Nebuchadnezzar? I do not rememeber which, but either way, exilic Israel emperor).

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Interior of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

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95 Theses door, in Latin like the original. The wood door is obviously long-gone.

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City Hall in Wittenberg with statues of Luther and Melanchthon.

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City Church, where Luther himself would have actually preached.

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The Table, of Table Talk fame.

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Most clever pun of the trip was this restaurant…

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…which also takes second place as well.

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