Although not the birthplace of National Socialism, Berlin would serve as the nerve-centre of Hitler’s regime following the Nazi seizure of power in 1933. Fitting now that the country’s present-day parliament convenes within walking distance of a collection of memorials established for the victims of National Socialism.
The current movement to confront the country's past best characterised by this respectful observation of uncomfortable history. Germany's willingness to openly face these issues providing any serious student of European History the opportunity to study the factors and events that led to the country's descent into totalitarian madness and genocidal dictatorship.
What is gone of Hitler's regime lives on through memory; what remains stands as a testament to the necessity of confronting disaster.