Berlin today is a very positive and cheerful city. There is so much to see and do that it is easy for a visitor to avoid the negative aspects of Berlin and German history. Many people I know avoid to visit one place that was, to me, one of the highlights of my trip to Berlin: The Jewish Museum. I warn you, it is a mistake to miss this place!
Having traveled to one of the locations most associated with the Holocaust, Auschwitz-Birkenau (Oświęcim), I realize that there is simply no picture, nor words, that can fully describe the experience. I spent an afternoon exploring Auschwitz I and II and was just deeply moved by the things that I saw and the stories that I heard - a truly eye opening experience to one of history's most harrowing chapters.