Seems many young people lack of any respect. This reminds me of a visit in the GESTAPO central in cologne.
Unbelieaveble, but the prison in the cellar was used until the 70's as storage. It became a museum finally in the 80's,
our city is slow with such things.
On my visit few years ago, they showed several items, which had been found during the restauration of the cellar.
One of it was a small blue and white rag, with the text OST for Ostarbeiter/east worker. It had been dug out with
other items of the imprisoned during the restauration, such as rings, papers, a fork, small knifes and much more.
On my last visit, several items were only shown as photographies, with the comment they had been stolen.
What made me even more angry was the fact, that people had written on the prison cell walls. You have to
know, many of the walls still show writings and scratchings of imprisoned, people who were tortured and some even killed in
that house during the war. Some of these writings were overpainted several times in the war, and after the war some cells got a new paint too, when the house was used by cologne city administration.
But a few rooms were not painted, or just poorly, and restaurators could restore the old writings
and scratchings on many of the cell walls. There is an agreement through all instances that the cells will never be
painted again, so that the markings and writings will not disappear. Which means on the other side, more and more
comments from tourists, students on excursion and others were added. Right next to a scratching of a man who send
his family in poland a last wishes, you read a comment from some 18 year old. Unfortunately our city is slow,
and it took them until 2010 to finally install some cameras to the cells.
In that cellar prison you smell urin and sweat until today, and i dont mean that literally. It stinks down there, because
about 10 years there were several hundred people imprisoned simultaneously, up to 33 people in a cell of a few square meters.
And still, in such a shocking place, there are people that lack of the respect and damage not only a piece of history, but
a piece of remembrance of the people who died. Sorry if i got a bit out of hand, and away from topic.