Our main purpose for visiting Nuremberg was a bit of holiday cheer at the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt. However, we felt we couldn't pass through the area without acknowledging its darker past. We took a tram out to the Nazi Documentation Center which served as a Nazi Party rallying ground before and during World War II. It's because of its prime position in the Nazi sphere of influence that Nuremberg was heavily targeted by the Allies during World War II and 90% of the historic medieval core was destroyed by the end of the war. Nuremberg is also famous for hosting the Nuremberg Trials where Nazi war criminals were made to answer for their deeds after the war. The Nazi Documentation center now features a well-done (albeit sobering) museum that addresses the rise and fall of the Nazi regime.
We mounted the steps and entered the museum bracing ourselves for what we might find inside.
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