Today, January 27, Germany remembers the most shameful and disgraceful chapter of its history. In 1996, the then Federal President Herzog introduced this day of remembrance for the victims of National Socialism, and since 2006 this day has also been observed worldwide.
Many millions of people fell victim to Nazi madness. Not only lost lives are to be mourned – also physical and psychological injuries that continue to have an effect today. The language of Goethe, Kant and Einstein was also not spared by the barbarism, was soiled with terms such as “final solution” and “special treatment”, which still trigger horror today.
Here at SprachHaus Bamberg, dealing with the darkest years of this country is part of the concept, which includes not only the German language, but also German culture and history. In the past, we have visited places with our guests that are closely connected to Nazi barbarism: the “Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds” and the “Memorium Nuremberg Trials” in Nuremberg, the “Nazi Documentation Center” in Munich, not far from the former Nazi Party headquarters, the concentration camp “Buchenwald” near Weimar, all places that lie within a radius of 200km from Bamberg. But also a trip to Berlin to the places of German history has already taken place in the context of a language stay of at least two weeks in SprachHaus. Visiting these places can be emotionally stressful, so it is all the more important for us at SprachHaus to prepare our guests for it, to accompany them, and to face questions to which there are sometimes no answers.

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