The House of Wannsee Conference (Gedenkstätte Haus der Wannseekonferenz) is located on the Wannsee River, on the outskirts of West Berlin. This historical landmark was built in 1915 for Ernst Marlier, a prominent businessman. He was arrested in 1940 for embezzlement and sold his property. During the Nazi era, the Wannsee House came to be used by the SS Security Service, the Nazi intelligence service. It was at the villa that SS officers planned the future of the Third Reich. After the war, the house was used as a residence, until the August Bebel Institute acquired the building in 1947. It was then used as a school and hostel for the Berlin Social Democratic Party, until 1988 when it became the memorial site it is today. Auschwitz survivor, Joseph Wulf, is really to thank for the inauguration of the Wannsee House as a memorial site. Mr. Wulf published the first comprehensive collection of documents from the Nazi regime, and suggested creating a documenter center in the Marlier villa. Although Wulf had wide public support, the Berlin Senate was slow to accept his proposal. Sadly, Joseph Wulf did not see his vision realized, as the man committed suicide in 1974.
The Jewish Gallery Omanut is located in Tempelhof, on Kaiserin-Augusta-Straße. The gallery is an expansion of the original gallery, which was opened in the 1990s and displayed art by Eastern European immigrants. It’s run by ZWST, the Central Welfare Office of the Jews in Germany. When the gallery was opened by the Omanut Art Studio in 2016 and it was established to display contemporary Jewish art by both Jewish and non-Jewish artists. In addition to the art studio, the Jewish Gallery Omanut provides an interactive workshop. The Jewish Gallery Omanut strives to be inclusive of artists with intellectual disabilities. The Gallery includes an exhibition with art displays created exclusively by people with mental illnesses.
The German Resistance Memorial Center is located within the Bendlerblock building complex. The structure was the Wehrmacht’s headquarters during the war. Today, the museum is dedicated to remembering those Germans who resisted fascism and Hitler during World War II. Although there was no organized anti-fascist German resistance, close to 100,000 individuals were executed for their opposition to the Nazis. The museum contains various exhibitions which chronicle the history of German opposition groups. There are also displays that document the activities of Germans who fled the regime and assisted the Allies during the war. Claus Philipp Schenk and other senior Wehrmacht Generals planned their assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler in the Bendlerblock. The attempt took place on July 20, 1944, but it failed and Hitler survived. Claus Philipp Schenk along and his co-conspirators were arrested and executed.