The Controversial Memorial

I am referring to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial. According to Wikipedia,

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe[1] (GermanDenkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), also known as the Holocaust Memorial(German: Holocaust-Mahnmal), is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. 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 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.[2][3][4] An attached underground “Place of Information” (GermanOrt der Information) holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the IsraelimuseumYad 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. The cost of construction was approximately 25 million.

The memorial is controversial, and was described by Ignatz Bubis, the then leader of the German Jewish community, as unnecessary.[citation needed]

Lars and I were impressed. It’s not only the size of the memorial, it’s also the size of each of these stelae. Walking around them felt a bit like walking around in a labyrinth. You felt lost. Maybe I am wrong, but I had the feeling that this is what the artist tried to convey: the feeling of loss. That’s what all the victims had to endure: the loss of their possessions, their dignity and hope.

You can judge for yourself. I chose black and white again for the pictures.

9 Comments

  • Madhavan Sriram June 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    From the pictures, i think thats what the artist himself would have wanted to convey.

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  • clumsyfool June 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Amazing Photos! I have seen the memorial many times, but I think using black and white gives a good feel for it,.. I can’t really explain it.
    Really well done!

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    • Ingrid D. June 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks!

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  • fgassette June 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Great choice to post in black anf white. An awesome place of the lost of so many lives.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    • Ingrid D. June 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks, Francine!

      Reply
  • losmi666 June 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Reblogged this on fiverrearn.

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  • cd1972 June 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Great pictures! B/W is the right choice I think.

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    • Ingrid D. June 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Great minds think alike! 🙂

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