Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Titled the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is one of the most powerful places we have been so far.   It is massive, covering 4.7 acres with 2,711 concrete stelae, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.

The stelae are 2.38 m by 0.95 m and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.8 m. They quite effectively produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, as was their aim. The whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe

Holocaust Memorial Berlin

Holocaust Memorial Berlin

Even more powerful was the underground museum, which focused on individuals who perished in the Holocaust, making the Holocaust Memorial a much more personal experience.  In retrospect, I would agree with the recommended minimum age of 14 and wish I had listened in the first place.

Holocaust Memorial Museum

All photos on this page © Rhonda Albom 2012

Practical Information:

  • Located at Cora-Berliner-Straße in Berlin
  • The memorial is open 24 hours, the exhibit hours fluctuate with days and seasons. See the official website for details.
  • Both the memorial and exhibit are free.
  • Exhibit not recommended for children under 12.

Have you been to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin?

Comments

  1. I went to the Simon Wiesenthal Center (Museum of Tolerance) in Los Angeles many years ago. Very sobering. I would love to visit this place too.

    Have a fabulous time Rhonda. 🙂

  2. I liked the photos very solemn 🙂

    Have a great time 🙂

  3. and what do the hoax mongers have to say about this???

    http://zongrik.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/spring-haiku-and-tanka/

  4. The photos and post are very sobering. Too many times we tend to forget the past only to have it repeated. The Holocaust is something that must never happen again in human history.

    Thanks for sharing such a moving and important post.

  5. Thank you for posting such photos of such an important site.

  6. Heart wrenching.

  7. Years ago, I went to the Holocaust museum in DC. I was upset about it for a month. I won’t step foot in these places anymore.

  8. The expression of the woman in the panda t-shirt says it all. The ‘presence’ of such a memorial can be very overwhelming

  9. wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Great pics!

    Chocolate Chip

  11. What an amazing venture.

    Have a great WW!
    POSH

  12. I am so grateful to the Chinese government for not allowing the Japanese to kill any of the Jews, who lived mostly in Shanghai, during WW2. But we too, have a Museum of the Nanjing Massacre that most people aren’t familiar with – 300,000 Chinese were killed in less than a week, and many more lost their lives in other places during the WW2 period. Education is key. We must keep these stories alive so people can think about it – An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.

  13. This had to be a really emotional place to visit, when you think of the millions who lost their lives, and the amazing stories of those who survived.

    The closest I have come to was visiting the 911 Tribute Center in Manhattan, with so many images of that horrible day 10 years ago.

  14. And a brand new side effect:

    A very great experience – your personal concert at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin – interactive with your smartphone!

    24 virtual musicians play your personal concert right in the field of stelae of the Holocaust Memorial.
    Unique in the world – your smartphone checks your position in the memorial and fits the music individually.
    A touching experience! Free download now and enjoy your visit!

    http://virtuelleskonzert.com/index_en.html

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