Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: Traverse Around the Network of Concrete Holocaust Landmark

Friday, July 31, 2015 0 Comments

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

If here in Singapore, there’s such a thing as the Kranji Memorial, in Germany, they have the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which happens to be in Berlin. Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, this 4.7-acre site is covered with concrete slabs and arranged in a crisscross pattern, you’re bound to feel the maze runner in you.

This place is one block south of the Brandenburg Gate, which is quite walkable if you happen to be around this area. Basic and square as it may seem, it exudes an enigmatic lure that one may not quite put a finger easily. It is said that the design is aimed to create an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and represent a purportedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

I visited this place at midafternoon, just as the quick drizzle had worn-out.  Though GoPro or a panorama shot would most likely suffice, I wish I had a drone to take an aerial shot of the memorial. The view of the path between the rows of stelae, shows uneven walking surface, like small humps. Everyone around here was walking around and investigating the depth of grey that can only be emphasized by the Holocaust Memorial.

There’s also an adjacent information center which is an underground museum, which is located below the field of pillars, showing an exhibition on Nazi terror in Europe. Truly, another powerful and personal place – reminds me of the time I watched the Schindler’s list.

Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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