We also visited Budapest’s Terror Museum which documents what life was like when they went from a democracy to being controlled by the Nazis during World War II and then the following 40 years under the Communistic regime. From a presentation standpoint, I don’t think I have been more impressed with any other museum in Europe. It has been transformed into a museum from the torture and administrative building used by both the Nazis and Communists. It uses high-tech, highly conceptual, engaging exhibits, and chilling video interviews.
Haley and I knew and have seen much on the Nazis but have not really had any real experiences with Communism. It made me feel very fortunate to be born in a democratic society. From the tank at the entrance to the torture cells in the basement to the photos of people still alive who did all this at the exit. Yes – at the exit they have a section called “Victimizers” where they show pictures of the Nazis and Communists party members who were responsible in some form or fashion for all the torture ordered at the building.
I also found their exhibit on religion especially fascinating. While it seems obvious now, I had not realized how Nazis and Communists were both so atheistic.
“Both Nazism – promoting racial war – and Communism – advocating class war – regarded religion as their enemy. Both the Nazis and the Communists replaced God with their own leaders. They swore allegiance to their leader, went into battle in his name, and surrounded his person with rituals befitting an idol. They persecuted religion, the faithful and the churches, because religious teaching was diametrically opposed to Nazi and Communist ideologies.”