In keeping with my promise to write more about my new home of Berlin, here’s a photo of the city’s Holocaust Memorial (or Holocaust-Mahnmal in German).
The memorial was built to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Holocaust and inaugurated in May 2005, some 60 years after the end of WWII. The memorial spans 19,000 square meters and contains 2,711 concrete blocks which are arranged in a “grid pattern on a sloping field“.
Designed by Peter Eisenman, it’s said that it’s arranged in such a way “to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.”
The building of the memorial was not without controversy as some people were offended that other Holocaust victims, such as those killed because of their sexual orientation, were not included in the commemoration. Others felt that the monument was a presentation of German shame or that it shouldn’t have taken so long for one to be constructed.
Regardless of what you may think about the memorial, it’s an interesting and sobering place to visit as you ponder the dark history that is not so long in the past.
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