Germans are touchy about the years between 1933 and 1945 - and for good reason. After all, the world was plunged into the second world war largely because of the man they "elected" as their leader - Adolph Hitler. In the 65 years since the end of the war there have been many museum exhibitions focusing on various aspects of life under the Third Reich. Except for one: Hitler himself.
That's about to change as theÂ German History Museum in Berlin opens an exhibition aimed at addressing the life of Hitler in its totality, not just the 12 years most of the world remembers him for.
For decades after the war German historians were actually prohibited from considering exhibitions. And German artists, filmmakers and writers were forbidden to display or write about anything concerning the Nazi party for fear the material would stir up new Fuhrer fervor. But a new generation of Germans have come to the conclusion that confronting the past head on is the best way to come to terms with it. And maybe avoid repeating the same mistake.
According to ABC News, this exhibition, opening Friday, October 15, is aimed at frankly discussing the impact on German society Hitler had and fully exploring, in an open way, the legacy his actions left behind. And the manner in which German youth may discover that legacy.
"The central insight and most important message for visitors to the exhibition is that 'we won't be finished with Hitler for a long time yet,' says Simone Erpel, who prepared the show. 'Every generation has to find its own answers.'"
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