The Reparations Agreement between Israel and West Germany, which was signed in 1953 according to which Germany was to pay Israel for the slave labor and persecution of Jews during the Holocaust, and to compensate for Jewish property that was stolen by the Nazis was the first step in a long and painful process of acknowledging this horrible legacy. Now, Munich, the birthplace of Adolf Hitler opened a museum in the former site of the Nazi party headquarters. Its inauguration last week coincided with the 70th anniversary of the "liberation" of Munich by US troops at the end of WWII and of Hitler's suicide the same day in his bunker in Berlin. Called "Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism," this institution comes to address the eternal question of how could Munich become the cradle of fascism. It was in 1930 that the Nazis established their headquarters at the Braunes Haus (Brown House), which is not the site of the new museum. I admire my father’s cousin, renowned historian and author Edgar Feuchtwanger, a native of Munich who fled to Britain in 1938, and who attended the ceremony, traveling form his home in Winchester as the age of 90; he acknowledged that the city had a "difficult legacy to come to terms with."