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Denkmal fur die Ermordeten Juden Europas

Berlin, Germany
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Germany's central Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is devoted to remembering the millions of Jews who perished in the Nazi-orchestrated Holocaust. New York architect Peter Eisenman came up with a simple but powerful design to convey the enormity of its message: a massive maze of 2711 stelae (concrete slabs) of identical size but varying heights and angles tightly arranged in a grid over undulating ground. Each visitor is free to walk among them, sit on them, take photographs and find a personal connection to the site. A subterranean exhibit provides context, often in harrowing fashion, by training the spotlight on the fate of individual people and families. The darkened Rooms of Names, in which short bios... Read More

Germany's central Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is devoted to remembering the millions of Jews who perished in the Nazi-orchestrated Holocaust. New York architect Peter Eisenman came up with a simple but powerful design to convey the enormity of its message: a massive maze of 2711 stelae (concrete slabs) of identical size but varying heights and angles tightly arranged in a grid over undulating ground. Each visitor is free to walk among them, sit on them, take photographs and find a personal connection to the site. A subterranean exhibit provides context, often in harrowing fashion, by training the spotlight on the fate of individual people and families. The darkened Rooms of Names, in which short bios of Jewish victims are read out loud, is especially emotional.

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