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.
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.
All photos on this page © Rhonda Albom 2012
- Located at Cora-Berliner-Straße in Berlin
- 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.