Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Oct. 3, 2006
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Germany gets contrition points for placing this holocaust memorial
right in the center of its federal district, only a few meters from
the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building. It's as if the United States
put a memorial to slain Indians on one side of the Capitol building and
a monument to slavery on the other.
The architecture of this spot is both macabre and playful. On approach, it
resembles a cemetary, but as you walk in you descend below the site line
and eventually deep below the level of the stones, as if going down into
the ground. At the same time, it's a bit like a maze with kids and teenagers
laughing as they run through trying to hide from and find each other.
I visited it on the 16th anniversary of Germany's Reunification Day, which
also happened to be the day after Yom Kippur.