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German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand)

Resistance by Artists and Intellectuals Displays at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in BerlinThe German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in Berlin houses an exhibition about the German people and groups who took a stand against National Socialism.

The Bendlerblock

The German Resistance Memorial Centre is located in the Bendlerblock, site of the offices of the Reich Ministry of Defence and the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces.  It was here that Claus von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators planned the coup of 20 July 1944 known as Operation Valkyrie, the story of which was butchered in the Tom Cruise film of the same name.

The Commemorative Courtyard 

A visit to the German Resistance Memorial Centre starts when you enter the commemorative courtyard off Stauffenbergstrasse.

A statue of a naked man with bound hands, a memorial by Professor Richard Scheibe in the Courtyard of the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

In the centre of the courtyard is a bronze statue – the figure of a young man with bound hands – by Professor Richard Scheibe.

Memorial Plaque at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

To the left is a bronze plague and wreath commemorating those involved in the Hitler assassination attempt, who were shot here when their plot failed.

The Permanent Exhibition

Inside the former army headquarters, including what was the office of Claus von Stauffenberg himself, the permanent exhibition consists of photographs, documents and other artefacts connected with action taken by individuals and groups opposed to the National Socialists.

Photos at the German Resistance Memorial Centre in (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

Resistance During Wartime Life Display at the German Resistance Memorial Centre in (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

Georg Elser Plot Display at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

Display at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

Bust of Claus von Stauffenberg at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

The exhibition is divided into 18 rooms that each present a particular facet of the resistance, whether it’s an individual, group or story.

Floorpan from the Flyer of the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

Photo: Floorpan from the Flyer of the German Resistance Memorial Centre

The new permanent exhibition opened on 2 July 2014 following a redesign funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Berlin LOTTO Foundation.

Resistance by Artists and Intellectuals Display at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

Map drawn by inmates at the Buchenwald concentration camp to document concentration camps in Germany - exhibit at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

Resistance by Young People at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

Site of the Death of Ludwig Beck at the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) in the Bendlerblock in Berlin

The German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand)

Entrance to the German Resistance Memorial Centre (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) is free and a visit should certainly be on the to-do list of anyone with an interest in German history, as it tells a narrative less often presented in discussions of the history of Hitler and the Third Reich.

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