The location of the monument in the center of Berlin reminds us not to forget the terrible history. More precisely, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is located south of the Brandenburg Gate near Tiergarten – close to the heart of the National Socialist Administration and Hitler’s bunker. It is also close to many embassies as a reminder that too much diplomacy and politics can have devilish consequences for millions.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Berlin Germany

When you arrive, you will be surprised by the design of this monument with large stone blocks of different sizes. When you step into the long flat spaces between the blocks, consider the true atmosphere of the Holocaust. This place is not for running. It is a place of reality, contemplation, consideration, and determination to never let the Holocaust happen again. Blocks, although they don’t signify anything specifically, they disturb us but give the opportunity to think and quiet contemplation in the heart of Berlin.

Designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold
Concrete slabs of the Memorial, Berlin, Germany

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was designed by architect Peter Eisenman. It consists of 2,711 concrete slabs (stele). They are arranged in the wavy ground and at different heights but equally spaced. The monument was opened in 2005, exactly 60 years after the end of World War II. The area is open day and night and can be accessed from all four sides.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Berlin Germany

Also, under the monument is situated Museum (free entrance), which shows you the history of what Jews passed in Europe during the Second World War. Photos, evidence of horror and cruelty are incredibly shown. The museum consists of 4 themed rooms. It is recommended for adults and not for younger than 12 years.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Berlin Germany
Inside of giant concrete slabs, Berlin, Germany

Unfortunately, many people jump on the tops of blocks, play hideouts, loudly laugh and photograph bizarre selfies. I was sorry that many visitors treat the memorial as a playground. The monument is really worth a visit and spends some time there. This memorial was very emotionally touchable to me.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Berlin Germany
Word LOVE graffiti on stone background

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I am a 24 years old architect based in Split. Passion for photography has grown steadily when I was traveling all around the world trying to capture every unforgettable experience I met on my way. Collaboration:karlo@ilcroatia.com

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