WW II European & Pacific Destinations
Our members suggest the following destinations to visit on your WW II tours or vacations (click on any title for more information):
- The Warsaw Rising Museum (Warsaw, Poland)
The exhibition depicts fighting and everyday life during the Rising, keeping occupation terror in the background. Complexity of the international situation at the time of the Rising is portrayed, including the post-war years of the Communist regime and the fate of Insurgents in the People’s Republic of Poland (PRL). With the total area of more than 3000 m2, 800 exhibition items, approximately 1500 photographs, films and sound recordings, history of the days preceding the Rising is told. Visitors are guided through the subsequent stages of the Rising until the time when the Insurgents left Warsaw. Their further fate is also portrayed.
The second part of the permanent exhibition, opened in May of 2006 in Hall B, presents the story of Allied airdrops. Its highlight is a replica of a Liberator B-24J bomber. Much of the exhibition has been devoted to the Germans and their allies, showing their actions in Warsaw as documented in official texts from the time of the Rising and in private notes. The stories of eye witnesses of the August and September 1944 events are played in Hall B. These recordings came from the audiovisual Spoken History Archive at the Warsaw Rising Museum. A movie theatre shows films about the Rising on a panoramic screen. At the mezzanine gallery various temporary exhibition are displayed. The Museum tower is a special attraction with a view of the Freedom Park and the city of Warsaw.
- The Wolf's Lair (Gierłoź, Poland)
In the very heart of Mazurian forests we can find the ruins of Adolf Hitler's Eastern Front Headquarters. It was here on July 20, 1944, that Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg made his third and final attempt to assassinate Hitler before flying to Berlin in a fatal effort to overthrow the Nazi regime and end the Second World War.
- The German Resistance Memorial Center (Berlin, Germany)
A site of remembrance, political studies, active learning, documentation, and research. A wide range of activities document and illustrate resistance to National Socialism. The center's goal is to show how individual persons and groups took action against the National Socialist dictatorship from 1933 to 1945 and made use of what freedom of action they had.
- Museum of the Second World War (Gdańsk, Poland)
A modern institution that presents the history of the war as the greatest cataclysm of the 20th century. Despite the fact that so many years have passed since the outbreak of the Second World War, no museum in Europe treats its course and nature so comprehensively.
- Stutthof Concentration Camp (Sztutowo, Poland)
The Stutthof camp was the place where over 110,000 people were kept, citizens of 28 countries and over 30 nationalities. During the imprisonment, they were exposed to a number of exterminating factors such as slave-like work, malnutrition, terrible sanitation, disease, mental and physical torture. 65,000 people died as a result of exterminating living conditions as well as of executions by shooting, hanging, murdering in the gas chamber by means of Zyklon B, killing by means of phenol injections into the heart, beating and torturing, and during evacuation by land and by sea.
- The Topography of Terror Museum / Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
The Topography of Terror is a museum in Berlin, Germany located on the former site where the Gestapo Headquarters building once stood. It also housed the SS and the RSHA during the Nazi regime from 1933-1945. Today the Documentation Center serves as an educational site and memorial to all those who suffered and died at the hands of the dreaded Gestapo.