The EL-DE-Haus, the Nazi documentation centre, is both an exhibition and a memorial. In this building, which remains almost ... More
The EL-DE-Haus, the Nazi documentation centre, is both an exhibition and a memorial. In this building, which remains almost unaltered, the Gestapo, the Secret Police of the infamous Nazi regime, had their headquarters from 1935 to 1945. Forced labourers, Jews, Sinti and Roma, homosexuals and so-called enemies of the regime were kept under guard and dragged away into the cells, where these prisoners of the Gestapo feared for their lives. Today, this building is a memorial to the victims of Fascist terror in Germany. It was opened in 1981. In 1987 the Nazi documentation centre was also opened, featuring the permanent exhibition Cologne under National-Socialism.
I liked the honesty about what really happened during the second world war and how the people incacerated by the Nazi system left their messages loud and clear to us fortunate beings who did not suffer like they did. It was a horrendous display of Nazi thuggery and brutality. I was shocked and horrified by it all, especially how young the poor victims were and the overcrowding plus punishing conditions they had to live in. I discovered that there was NO DEMOCRACY, NO CARE OR UNDRESTANDING FOR PRISONERS ...... if only this could have been prevented then. We must learn from these messages from the past and not allow evil, damaging people to control the large majoriy of right thinking, peaceful people. LONG LIVE THE EIDELWEISS PIRATES AND THE NAVAJOS .....another name for the great and good!
This was a great museum charting WWII from the eyes of Cologne. Even if you know what happened, it's a totally different experience to see it broken down by one city's experience and various individuals. Same goes for the prison. Also, there was a terrific audio guide available in English, French ...
This was very chilling and hard for me to handle. My friend that took me was a German and he even cried. It is one of those things that you only read about but never believe it usless you see it for yourself, I SAW IT!!
God bless those who suffered such pain and broken hearts. If anyone ever had a doubt this will cure you.
This museum was not for the weak at heart, and some German is needed to understand. However, reading the letters in the basement that was used as a jail was just shocking, these people wrote these letters to their families on the walls using whatever they had, sometimes even their fingernails. It is an excellent museum that preserved how the Nazis treated their prisoners.
fantastic , great staff , the gentalman who is at the reception was a great help . without him i would have missed out because there was nothin explained in english, i would have been quite willing to pay a little more for things to be in english