Monday, December 29, 2008

The Daily SHOOT! - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust are grey concrete slabs, probably about 2 to 4 metres long with varying heights. Called the "stalae", the slabs are designed in such a way to emote unfamiliarity, unease, confusing atmosphere, representing an ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

The memorial's inaugural opening was sometime in May 2005 (which was around the same time that TTT was there).

Located near the buried remains of Hitler's underground bunker and the Brandenburg Gate, the memorial has sparked its fair share of criticisms and controversy - from the memorial remembering only the murdered Jews to the lack of representation of German guilt.

This is definitely worth a visit.

A recommended tour is the 4-hour long Berlin-Walks tour, that will take you to these places and offer interesting insights (from mostly non-Germans living in Germany!), and cost approx. 10 euros each.

Its like a maze in there! A few people in our tour group got disoriented at the memorial and lost their way. So by the time we got out of the site, we were missing at least 3 people - but the guide couldn't wait, so we got with the program! :)

Admission for this is free of charge. A good thumbs up and worth a good walk, even though you may not feel directly sympathetic towards its real cause.


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