With little time after a bus/walking tour of Nuremberg's alt stadt, we had to decide whether to visit Courtroom 600 at the Justizpalatz (where trials were held) or the Dokumentationszentrum featuring comprehensive displays of Nuremberg's role in the rise and fall of the Nazi party. A local individual highly suggested the latter as access to the courtroom is spotty and had been modified since the trials. As we had passed by the Palace of Justice on our bus tour, we decided to catch bus 36 from Augustiner in the alt stadt to the doors of the Congress Hall.
The receptionist advised us that the tour would take a minimum of two hours. We paid the 5 Euro entry fee, was handed handsets for English translation and began the tour.
Though the Nazi party was formed in Munich, the ceremonial center or rally point was Nuremburg as Hitler handpicked the former Imperial city for these purposes. The tour started from the party's infancy through it's rise, assumption of power, discrimination and atrocities, eventual collapse and subsequent trials. The displays were heavy with photos rather than relics, comprehensive audio and video presentations. It was a very powerful tour in terms of visual design and effects. At the completion, you proceeded out on a cantilevered walkway overseeing the interior Congress Hall grounds which were never completed. We did not get a chance to visit the other rally sites before closing.
It was appropriate that Nuremberg's role as the propoganda center of the Reich should also include its final distribution of justice for its brutal regime. Nuremberg appears very sensitive to its part in both the initial obliteration and current active support of human rights.
Due to Nuremberg's historical significance regarding the Nazi party and the ensuing world war, it would be similarly important to include this venue in your itinerary. It makes an important impression regarding awareness of political climate, human dignity, man's inhumanity, justice and prevention of recurrence.
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