Holocaust Tourism that fills me with ambivalence but I never regret doing it so long as one is as little touristy as one can be.
Going here is worth it for the sheer contrast of the tony and delightful villa filled lake resort, with its boats and peaceful sailing and wealthy ambling lanes, a little like Newport or any wealthy American suburb near the sea with the monstrous meeting that took place here in Jan 1942 in which the main officials in charge of the Holocaust finalized their plans and ironed out their differences over breakfast and chit-chat. There's a good German film of the same name that was filmed here worth watching before you go (it's on Youtube) to give you an idea why this 'Conference' was so important and the business-like demeanor of the men who participated.
There's a research library on the second floor and not only information, facsimiles of the minutes and decrees, but also sound recordings from survivors and other related exhibits.
The people who worked long and hard to get the Berlin authorities to dedicate the villa to this purpose and finally succeeded in the late 1980s deserve our thanks.
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