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The Deutscher Hof hotel where Hilter stayed when in Nuremberg in a room on the second floor and viewed the Nazi troops marching by. Today it is closed as it is a political sore point.
photo by Rhonda Spivak

The location where the Nuremberg laws were enacted. The original building has been torn down and replaced by this building which is used to house offices for medical insurance.
photo by Rhonda Spivak

Nazi insignia from the original Frankisher Hotel which the Sheraton hotel in Nuremberg. owned by a private family, put back up on the Hotel which was renovated in the 1990's. The hotel was the Frankisher hotel where the Nazi press corps stayed nearby the Deutscher Hof hotel where Hitler slept. Presumably the corrent owners could have chosen to take down the Nazi insignia but decided not to. The original shield for the Frankischer Hotel bore the Eagle and the Swatika insignia. Today, the emblem has been put on the front wall of the outside of the Sheraton Hotel. The Eagle is there with the swastika not completely chipped out. Nice isn't it?
photo by Rhonda Spivak

The Hotel Deutscher Kaiser where Hitler would stand out on the balcony of the first floor room when he came to Nuremberg, the city where he built the Nazi party rallying grounds. From the balcony he would be seen by his adoring fans and would supervise the Nazi troops that marched down King Street the main artery of the old city of Nuremberg. Today the room with the balcony is a room for hotel guests staying at the Hotel, which was originally built for the German Kaiser to stay at.
photo by Rhonda Spivak


by Rhonda Spivak, June 14, 2013


[Editor's note: I have just arrived in Israel after spending three days in Nuremberg Germany. I decided to stop in Nuremberg as a result of another story I have been working on that I will soon be publishing. This article is the first in what will be a series of articles on Nuremberg-past and present. ]
“You must try the pig knuckles when you get to Nuremberg,” said the middle-aged German man I met on my flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
“When pigs fly, that's when I'll eat pig knuckles,” I thought.
I didn't have the heart to tell him that I don't eat pork, (haven't for over 25 years) and that I couldn't imagine that the knuckles would taste very good without the pork.
When he heard I was going to be in Nuremberg for three days, he said that it’s a very nice place, that it has an old medieval city and that I’ll want to see the castle.
I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I had no intention of seeing the castle, but was actually going to spend my time there looking at Nazi history. I planned to visit the former Nazi party rally grounds, go to the documentation centre, and sit in the Palace of Justice where the famous Nuremberg trials were held where the members of the Nazi leadership were convicted of crimes against humanity. I probably would have to skip the castle just like I would be skipping the pork knuckles.
The two hour train ride from Frankfurt to Nuremberg was quiet, swift, and the countryside was idyllic looking- green fields, rolling hills, and little towns with church steeples. Between the towns, there were swaths of forests--and as the train sped through the forests I couldn't help but wonder whether any Jews had found refuge hiding in them during the Holocaust. 
The Secrets of Nuremberg

I booked in to the Sheraton Hotel primarily because it was close to the train station and the old city of Nuremberg. It was only when I was researching another point on the internet that I came upon the fact that the hotel which was renovated in the 1990's used to be where the Nazi press corps stayed.  It was called the Frankisher Hotel and then it became the Carleton Hotel. Well, at least I found the place where journalists stayed. So here I am as Jewish press some 75 years later writing this article where the Nazi press used to stay and write.


I began searching the website “Third Reich in Ruins” and found out that the actual insignia from the Nazi era was still on the front wall of the hotel, even though it was renovated in the 1990's. It's an insignia with an eagle and a not completely wiped off swastika! I couldn't find it on the front of the building so I asked the manager Victoria. I told her that the hotel had been where the Nazi press corps stayed. She said it had been planned for that, but was never was actually used for that purpose. She's wrong. It was used for the Nazi press corps. Then I asked her if she could show me the insignia on the wall outside and I pointed out the eagle crest. She happily went out to show me and then after I took a photo of it, I told her that it was the remains of a Nazi insignia.  I began to get a slightly nauseated feeling as I said it. Her face reddened.


“I didn't know that,” she said.


I went to show her the website that explained it and then she agreed.  The original shield for the Frankischer hotel bore the Eagle and the Swastika insignia. [see my photo].


“I've seen that site but never noticed this. When the owner comes in tomorrow, if you are here, you can ask him about it," she said.


I didn’t think I needed to speak to the owner. What is there to say? In the 1990's when the hotel was redone, the Nazi eagle and the partly visible swastika could have been taken down, surely. But, the owner decided to leave it up.


The building where the Nuremberg laws were first enacted was not far from my hotel. Today, it's an office building for AOL, a company selling medical insurance my guide Eric told me. Eric, a Czech who has lived in Nuremberg for 30 years and is originally from Prague gives hour long tours on his bicycle cart. As we drove within view of the building Eric said, "Here's where the Holocaust started." 


The original older building where the Nuremberg laws were enacted was torn down. I am not surprised by that.


Here's what the current city guidebook of Nuremberg I bought says about the Nuremberg laws in the "Short history of Nuremberg" section.


“1935 - The "Nuremberg Laws' are passed. These rob the Jews of their place in society and state."


What caught my attention was the fact that nowhere in the section does it say how many Jews of Nuremberg there were when the Nuremberg laws were passed and what happened to them. Nowhere does it say how many were murdered or if any, survived. That is to be compared to the next part of the history where the guidebook says that on January 2, 1945 "Over

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