Located near to the Brandenburg Gate lies the memorial dedicated to the murdered Jews of Europe. It was designed by the U.S architect Peter Eisenmann and it’s construction was completed in 2004, with the official inauguration of the memorial held on May 10th 2005, 60 years after the conclusion of World War II.
The memorial is spread out over 19,000 square metres and consists of 2,711 concrete slabs that are completely unmarked. The slabs are places at different heights creating a wave like pattern across the grounds. The memorial is within close proximity to where the ruins of Hitler’s Bunker are buried underneath a car park.
The memorial can be accessed from all four sides and visitors can walk around freely, taking in the atmosphere and snapping some photos along the way. I visited this memorial twice while in Berlin and the design is very intriguing. Not only are the slabs at different heights but the paths in between are also varying in inclines.
The concept of the memorial was for visitors to experience some of the restrictions that holocaust victims endured. The narrow paths are only wide enough for one person to walk down and some parts of the memorial are quite dark.
There is a visitor’s information centre underneath the memorial. This is a place where you can find out some more information about the memorial and also hear stories of those persecuted during World War II.
I highly recommend taking your time walking around this memorial to explore and take in the ideas behind it. There are usually many other visitors around so be mindful of other people who are also around.
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