|"A man walks past a poster advertising the exhibition 'Berlin 1933: The Road to Dictatorship' at the Topography of Terror museum in Berlin. The exhibition coincides with the 80th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's accession to power." (AFP/Getty)|
Agence France-Presse dispatch in The Telegraph, January 30, 2013
"Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Adolf Hitler's rise to power 80 years ago should go on reminding Germans that democracy and freedom cannot be taken for granted. Mrs. Merkel was speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition in Berlin to commemorate eight decades since Hitler became chancellor on January 30, 1933 -- an anniversary which has aroused much interest in Germany. 'Human rights don't assert themselves. Freedom doesn't preserve itself all alone and democracy doesn't succeed by itself,' Mrs. Merkel said. 'That must be a constant warning for us, Germans,' she added referring to Hitler's arrival at the chancellery. The exhibition, 'Berlin 1933. On the Path to Dictatorship', is on a site charged with history as the former headquarters of the Gestapo, the secret police of the Nazi regime. It now houses The Topography of Terror, an open-air documentation centre whose exhibition traces Hitler's first months in power through photos, newspapers and posters. Mrs. Merkel noted that it only took six months for the dictator to 'wipe out all the diversity' of German society. But she also underscored that a large part of society had supported 'or at least acquiesced' to Hitler's regime.