Thursday, 1 December 2011

Berlin: the very moving Holocaust Memorial

This Holocaust Memorial, designed by architect Peter Eisenmann, was one of the most touching memorials I'd visited.   Through some almost hidden stairs, you descend into the museum underneath the concrete slabs or "stelae".  There were some very touching testimonials in print and audio-visual format in the museum, including letters, journals from victims, set in such a focused, confined space that it was difficult not to feel anything after you have walked through the memorial then emerge into the alleys created by the stelae.  It was an emotional and physical experience being there.  The memorial is a block from the Brandenburg Gate - can't miss it.

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