Sixty years after World War II, the city of Berlin unveiled its monument to the Jewish victims of the crimes of the Third ... More
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Sixty years after World War II, the city of Berlin unveiled its monument to the Jewish victims of the crimes of the Third Reich. An international symbol of German atrocities, this controversial Holocaust memorial, located next to the Brandenburger Tor and near the buried remains of Hitler's undergeround bunker, was more than 15 years in the making. Designed by U.S. architect Peter Eisenman, the memorial's grid of 2711 gray concrete slabs covers a vast area in the heart of Berlin. The slabs, or stelae, stand at varied heights of up to 4.5 meters (15 feet), creating the sense of a stark concrete forest, through which visitors can wander on uneven cobblestone pathways. The memorial has sparked fierce discussion and controversy. Critcs argue that the abstract design and the failure to acknowledge the Third Reich's other, non-Jewish victims might alienate visitors to the multi-million dollar project. Regardless, this memorial definitely deserves a visit. An underground visitor center (Ort der Information) offers background information. Admission is free of charge.
Reviews for Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: 2
By A Yahoo Contributor, 10/26/09
I visited this museum with my German friend, after the tour had finished, we both walked out crying, my German friend felt shame & I felt extreme sadness but I am so glad we went. Bernie from Albury Australia.
My family found the museum that accompanies this memorial to be fascinating. It was so sad to read the snippets from the concentration camp prisoners' writings. The exhibit with the photographs and family history of victims was also very moving. Anyone going to Berlin should go here.
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