I’m sitting in the Frankfurt Airport (4:30 AM Eastern Time) waiting for my flight to board.Â I have been in Germany since February 23.Â It was a combo work/leisure vacation as I spent a lot of time catching up on work-related projects and emails.Â
I first traveled through Germany 20 years ago when I was a sophomore in college.Â It was one of those “New Day, New City” tours with my former high school’s Senior Trip.Â Twenty years ago, we were in WEST Germany… and I remember the country being much more “cold” than now.Â
The past few days I have found the German people extremely friendly, very open and much more happy than I recall in late 1980s.Â I guess the fall of Communism has something to do with that, no?
Yesterday, John and I spent most of the day at the Dachau Concentration Camp outside Munich.Â Needless to say, it is a day that I will remember for the rest of my life.Â And yet, I only witnessed the sanitized shell of the hell that was systemized at that first Hitler death camp.Â Â Every student across the globe should be made to spend a day at Dachau before they graduate high school.
New prisoners had to walk through the gates of Dachau which read “Through Work Brings Freedom.”Â Another of Hitler’s lies of propaganda.
The rest of the photos are self-explanatory.
I choked up when I saw this plaque and the video scenes of the US Army liberating the near-dead camp survivors on April 29, 1945.Â Â It is no wonder we call them “The Greatest Generation.”
I will post more pictures of the trip this week as well.
For now, guten tag…. and hello America, here I come!