I wasn’t sure about a guided D Day tour of the Normandy Beaches because my obsession with the history of the Second World War means I envisioned exploring Normandy on my own. I wanted to wander without a timeline through the area that I had researched, read about, and obsessively watched on Band of Brothers …

This post explores the Shoes on the Danube Promenade and the Dohány Street Synagogue, and the other must-visit WWII sites of Budapest. Sometimes simplicity makes for the most powerful memorials, and that is true of the Shoes on the Danube Promenade. I returned here multiple times when visiting Budapest. It is a beautiful and somber …

The Prague Jewish Quarter tour can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be logistically overwhelming. Here’s the easiest way to visit the Jewish Quarter of Prague and a bit of background on this little neighborhood with lots of history. Let’s dive in! On a Prague Jewish Quarter Tour: Layers of History Prague is home …

Here’s why you should visit the Terezin Concentration Camp. Picture this: The International Red Cross is coming to the ghetto. Yes, that kind of ghetto. The European ghettos that Jews were forced into during the horrific years of 1938-1945. There is overcrowding. There is stench. There is death. There is death everywhere, in fact. But …

I hesitated before booking a guided walking tour of Hitler’s Vienna. The name scared me a little. Would the tour in any way glorify the man? Would I be able to stomach 2.5 hours of learning about Adolf Hitler? In the end, I am glad I booked the tour. In no way did our 2.5 …

Visiting Ravensbrück, the Nazi death camp built for women, is hard but necessary. You must prepare yourself to walk into a world of contradiction. For starters, the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp sits on the shore of a picturesque lake 1.5 hours north of Berlin. The beauty of the scene belies the horror that once reigned there. …