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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Berlin - Memorial of the murdered Jews of europe

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists of a 19,000 square metres (4.7 acres) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 2.38 m (7 ft 10 in) long, 0.95 m (3 ft 1 in) wide and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.8 m (8 in to 15 ft 9 in).

According to Eisenman's (architect) project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

A 2005 copy of the Foundation for the Memorial's official English tourist pamphlet, however, states that the design represents a radical approach to the traditional concept of a memorial, partly because Eisenman did not use any symbolism. However, observers have noted the memorial's resemblance to a cemetery. An attached underground "Place of Information" holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.

Building began on April 1, 2003 and was finished on December 15, 2004. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, and opened to the public two days later. It is located one block south of the Brandenburg Gate, in the Friedrichstadt neighborhood.


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  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 May 2013):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (3 Jun 2013):

    Yeah Rad!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley   gave props (11 Jun 2013):

    Have been intrigued by these photos for a while...Makes a fine essay!

  • Dirk Fuhrmann

    Dirk Fuhrmann   said (11 Jun 2013):

    Thank you, James!

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (13 Jun 2013):

    Thank you for the captures. Important to remember

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