Tracing German Resistance during WW2

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This tour aims to give the visitor an insight into what German Resistance between 1933 and 1945 was like, who the resisters were, and what prompted them to risk their lives to do the right thing.


  • Rüdesheimer Platz
  • Wilhelmstrasse
  • Museum Island
  • German Resistance Memorial Center


Starting our tour on Bundesplatz, we first explore the former home of the courageous Countess Maria von Maltzan, who is credited with having saved the lives of at least 60 Jews during the Third Reich. From this 'silent hero' - as individual resisters are referred to in Germany - we move on to a string of people - Günther Weisenborn, Adam Kuckhoff, Erika von Brockdorff - who were losely connected to the resistance group around Harro Schulze-Boysen and which the Gestapo disparagingly dubbed the 'red orchestra'. Find out why! At Rüdesheimer Platz, we'll board the subway to go to the Bendlerblock, a building built in the 1930ies and in whose courtyard Count von Stauffenberg was shot on the night of the 20th July 1944, following the failed assassination attempt on Hitler. Next, we'll board the bus to take us to what used to be Wilhelmplatz, in the 1930ies the epicentre of Nazi-power, today, graced by a memorial for Georg Elser, commemorating the courage of this simple man from South Germany who tried to assassinate Hitler in November 1939. Lastly, passing by the many stumbling stones honoring diplomats who were persecuted under the Nazis, we'll board the train again to take us to Museum Island, where we'll look at a memorial dedicated to the resistance group around Herbert Baum. This is where our tour ends!


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