Posts Tagged ‘Topography of Terror’

One in the crowd

Photograph on display at the Topography of Terror; only in the crowd does not salute during a Nazi demonstration. (Jessica Davey-Quantick/FASPE)

By Jessica Davey-Quantick I’m standing in the Topography of Terror in Berlin. In front of me is a wall of photographs, some black and white, some startling color. History isn’t supposed to be in color; it more often seems a blurry smear of black and white, a uniform, a grin-and-grip. I’m fixed on one photo, […]


Photography, selfies and mass murder

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By Katelyn Verstraten Selfie sticks waving in the air. Cellphone cameras flashing. Teenagers making peace signs. It’s an overcast May afternoon and tourists are photographing a site in Berlin. But this isn’t just any tourist destination: this is the Topography of Terror, a location that once housed the SS, SD and Gestapo headquarters, and where the […]


Pasts captured, pasts uncovered

The Topography of Terror once housed the SS, SD and Gestapo headquarters -- and is where the Nazis planned the extermination of millions. (Katelyn Verstraten/FASPE)

A single block of Zimmerstrasse — a less than five-minute walk along 1,000 feet of what was once the Berlin Wall—separates two very different reminders of Berlin’s past. On one end is the Topography of Terror and on the other is Checkpoint Charlie.