This year's Waddell and Reed Crest meeting was in Berlin. Berlin is a very interesting city. Lots of modern history and an ancient side as well. The final days of WWII were fought in Berlin. Hitler died in his secret bunker here. The Germans seem ashamed of the Nazis and Hitler. The old Gestapo Headquarters is in ruins and there is a memorial to the rise of the Nazis and Hitler. It is called the Topagraphy of Terror. It is not at all flatering to Hitler or the Nazis. There are no Nazi flags or symbols. No pictures of Hitler any bigger than an 8x10. His bunker, where he died, is unmarked. In fact it is a parking lot. You have to have someone tell you about it to know.
The rise of the Berlin Wall literally separated families overnight. What a terrible time for those people. Now that the wall is down. There is a lot of building and rebuilding going on. In fact in spite of what the American Media tells us about Europe, Germany and especially Berlin seem to be booming.
|This is the National Gallery of Art|
|Inside the Pergamon Museum|
|In the middle of Berlin is the Teirgarten. They call it a big park but it seems more like an urban forest. It is over 200 acres and has 10 miles of walking and biking trails. In the 1600s it was a hunting reserve for the local rulers.|
|On Sunday we attended church. It is just a branch and they meet in the instute building. The German Saints love to sing and the Hymns were sung in beautiful harmony. They had translation services in English for us|
|Jesse Owens was a hero and celebrity in Germany. He represented the under-dog and was loved by the Berliners. Too bad that back home he was given the cold shoulder by President Roosevelt.|
|This is the German Parliment Building. It is called the Reichstag. A lot of our pictures of the Berlin skyline were taken from the roof.|
|This is Check Point Charlie along what used to be the Berlin Wall. Next to it is an interesting mueseum documenting many of the various attempts to Escape East Germany and flee to the West.|
|Dinner with our friends the Millers. We have gone all over the world with these two.|
|One of the Cathedrals on the Gendarmenamart Square.|