The first family is getting a sober lesson in German history.
Accompanying President Barack Obama to Berlin on Tuesday where he's due to give a speech today, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia took time out to tour the Berlin Wall and the Holocaust Memorial.
While Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, FLOTUS and the girls placed flowers at the last remaining section of the Wall, now a Cold War-era relic commemorating the former border when the country was divided for five decades between East and West.
Joined by Barack's half-sister Auma, they also visited the Holocaust Memorial, which, with its field of 2,711 concrete slabs, honors the memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II.
The Obamas' itinerary additionally took them to Checkpoint Charlie, a Cold War-era border crossing that was a flashpoint of tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, as well as the Reichstag, Germany's lower house of parliament.