Berlin commemorating 80th anniversary of Hitler's rise to power with series of exhibitions
Washington, Feb. 3 : Berlin will be hosting a series of exhibitions, lectures, art installations and events throughout the year to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's ascent to power.
A new exhibit, 'Berlin 1933 - Road to dictatorship' opened at the Topography of Terror open-air documentation center in Berlin this week.
Most of the city's events began on January 30 and will end on November 9, CNN reports.
The opening and closing dates were selected for historical significance: Adolf Hitler was named chancellor on January 30, while organized violence against Jews broke out across the Reich on November 9, known also as 'The Night of Broken Glass'.
The Topography of Terror documentation center's site has a dark history, and was already one of Berlin's most visited memorial sites before this exhibition.
The now-razed buildings on the site served as headquarters for the Secret State Police, and were the central institutions for the Nazi reign of terror from 1933 to 1945.
The German Historical Museum also kicked off a new exhibition this week in conjunction with the City of Berlin.
According to the report, a staunch, anti-Nazi, actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the 200 individuals commemorated in the 'Diversity Destroyed, Berlin 1933, 1938, 1945' outdoor exhibition in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.
According to the report, the exhibit features prominent members of Berlin society who were impacted by the Nazi reign.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel presided over the opening ceremony alongside Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit.
The center housing the exhibit is already one of Berlin's most visited memorial sites, the now-razed buildings on the site served as the headquarters for the Secret State Police, and were the central institutions for the Nazi reign of terror from 1933 to 1945.
Also this week, the German Historical Museum kicked off a new exhibition in conjunction with the City of Berlin, the report said.
The museum installed pop-up columns, 'urban memorials', at historical sites throughout the city, featuring giant portraits, biographies, timelines and background information on 1930s and '40s Berlin, it added.