WWII German Village Exhibit
The WWII German Village Exhibit is intended for historical presentation only. As you enter this area, you can hear the French call out as gunfire erupts. The first exhibit in this area is a detailed diorama of a German soldier with a WWII German Gebirgskanone along with two German ammo wagons. The German Village also includes an alcove with several display cases filled with authentic German memorabilia. Most impressive are the items and uniforms of General Karl Maus, one of Germany’s most distinguished tank commanders. A number of awards and decorations of Maus’ are part of this case, including an incredibly rare Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds award – one of only 27 issued by Adolf Hitler. Other display cases in this area house an infant gas protector as well as numerous authentic German weapons. These are just a few of the many unique and rare German items included in the German Village Exhibit.
Next to the WWII German Village is the Holocaust Exhibit. Visitors enter through the wrought iron gates with the German sign above reading, “Arbeit Macht Frie”, which deceived inmates with words, “Work Will Set You Free”. This incredibly dark time in history is recounted with a huge wall mural, barbed wire, a German look-out tower, a German soldier and a POW mannequin along with authentic items from a concentration camp including uniforms, gas canisters, hand cuffs and whips used on the prisoners, personal boxes made by the prisoners using the wood and metal from the rations boxes, plus much more.