During the Third Reich, the SS (aka the Gestapo) Reich Main Security office was located along Prinz-Albrecht Straße , where, today, the longest segment of the Berlin Wall stands as a memorial. The headquarters building was largely destroyed by Allied bombing at the end of World War II. When the War ended and the occupying forces took over the city, the ruins of the building were demolished and the site was turned into a bumper car amusement park, as well as a dumping ground for rubble from around Berlin.
The Topography of Terror building is along Prinz-Albrecht Straße on the site of the former Nazi SS headquarters
In front of the building is the longest segment of the Berlin Wall (on the upper level of this photo), as well as a memorial (on the lower level) chronicling the history of the Third Reich.
The building is also just a few blocks from Checkpoint Charlie, the only official crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.
Approaching the building, visitors encounter the first of its presentations...
...while, inside, the permanent exhibits focus in the overall history of the site...
...and the history of Berlin during the era of the Bationsl Socislists Party (the Nazis) regime.
Its library serves as an important research center for those studying this period of the world’s history.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.