"Perfect Reflection of this sombre Part of History" Top 5 Page for this destination Holocaust Memorial Tip by Kakapo2

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin: 74 reviews and 153 photos

  Loneliness, monotony, sadness.
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  • Loneliness, monotony, sadness. - Berlin
      Loneliness, monotony, sadness.
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      Dead concrete blocks and green Tiergarten scenery.
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  • The Memorial and Potsdamer Platz skyscrapers. - Berlin
      The Memorial and Potsdamer Platz skyscrapers.
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There was a lot of controversy about this memorial for Europe?s murdered Jews, located just some steps from Brandenburger Tor, towards Potsdamer Platz, at the corner of Ebert- and Behrenstraße, and opened on 10 May 2005. Some people were just sick of getting another such memorial, as there are plenty in Germany, others thought it is the ugliest memorial they have ever seen, and again others were against such a huge area being occupied by a monument.

So I was rather interested to see it with my own eyes and make up my opinion.

Well, I was rather impressed. I think those 2711 rectangular grey concrete columns of different heights, lined up on a slightly wave-shaped area of 19,000 square metres, reflect perfectly the sombre feeling that lies over this part of history.

You can access the paths between the columns from any point around the site, and wherever you are, it always looks different. While you walk along the tracks and lose the feeling of where exactly you are, your thoughts go back to the past. Looking over the columns from the outside you see the tree-lined horizon, and some attractive buildings of Berlin. The other world, the better world that was so close and even visible but yet out of reach for the Jews in the Third Reich. In that sense the monument is a fabulous place to reflect this tragedy, with its monotony and sadness.

One thing, I think, the American artist and architect Peter Eisenmann had not planned is that some steles would sink and start leaning.

There is a subterranean documentation centre ? called Ort der Information (information site) at the side of Cora-Berliner-Straße. We did not visit because it opened at 10am and we were there earlier, and apart from that we have visited enough such documentation centres and concentration camps to be well informed.

Documentation centre open Tue ? Sun 10am ? 8pm (April ? September), and from October to March from 10am to 7pm, entry free.

Guided tours (3 Euro) Sat 11am and 2pm, Sun 11am, 2pm and 4pm.

Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin-Tiergarten
Directions: Next to Brandenburger Tor, vorner Ebertstraße/Wilhelmstraße

U-Bahn U 55, Brandenburger Tor
S-Bahn, Unter den Linden

Phone: (030) 26 39 43 36
Website: http://www.holocaust-mahnmal.de

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  • Written Oct 31, 2007
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