3 days ago
This is nuremberg, a half-timbered bavarian dreamtown with candycane views and its own hilltop castle. s****d cute, right? but now, let me taint this kodak moment w/ some reaaaal heavy pieces of dark history for you... because it’s important for context.
1️⃣ if this photo had been taken 75 years ago, you’d be looking at rubble. in march 1944, during wwii, 90% of the nuremberg old town was wiped out in a single hour by bombs. they’ve since rebuilt it to mimic its former look, hence why it’s so cutesy and snowglobey today
2️⃣ nuremberg was hitler’s favourite city, he called it “the most german of german cities”, which is why he held some of the biggest n**i rallies here. if you’ve seen any rally footage in like, wwii documentaries, odds are you’ve seen nuremberg
3️⃣ post wwii, it was here that they held the nuremberg trials, where important n**i officials were prosecuted. it was the first ever prosecution for “crimes against humanity”, and the 1st time the word genocide was used in court
4️⃣ in spite of this dark past though, nuremberg is thriving today, with lots of museums, memorials and a documentation center for visitors to learn more about its history, which is why i encourage you to visit if you ever get the chance. (they also have good gingerbread)
i always try to read up on local history wherever i am. sure, most of the time i forget it within minutes (i am a human goldfish), but in some places like nuremberg, it’s important to learn, and even more important to share. who else does wikipedia binges before/after they visit a place? 🙋🏻♀️