day 299: Ministry of War
Is it only me or is it somewhat disturbing that the German Ministry of Finance is now located in the building that used to be the Ministry of War before and during WW2? The fate of Europe is again being decided in the same ridiculously oppressive building. We were actually on the way to the Architects of the Revolution exhibition in the Martin Gropius Bau, but passed by the Topography of Terror exhibition from where you can see this bit of the wall and the Ministry of War / Finance.
I have to say though that the names of the ministries were definitely more honest back then. Names like ‘Ministry of Defence’ or ‘Ministry of Finance’ don’t really capture the imperialist attitudes still conveyed by the foreign politics of several countries (US, UK, Germany etc). How about giving the Ministry of Finance a more appropriate name like Ministry of Mayhem and Destruction?