When I last visited Berlin in May 2003 the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was just a building site with an observation and information area. It would another 2 years before the monument was complete and open to the public. The monument is unusual with a field of 2,711 different sized concrete stelae, arranged in undulating rows and at slightly different angles. The Memorial is open to the public from all four sides and 24/7. As far as I’m aware the site has no connection with the Holocaust but it has a strange eerie silence with its strange grey stones and long shadows in the late autumn sunlight. There is an underground information and exhibition centre in the south east corner of the memorial. Though you have to wait to be admitted and pass through the security checks the information centre is well worth a visit
Over 2,700 concrete stelae are laid in a grid pattern over an area of 19,073 square meters. A huge "field of stelae". I walk up and down the aisles between the long rows of stelae. When the path slopes down the concrete slabs rise high above me. When it climbs gently up I get a view of the whole field and its surroundings.
It lies in a very central area of Berlin, very close to the Brandenburg Gate, Bundestag and government district, near embassies and official buildings. Just across the road is the Tiergarten park. The memorial is telling every visitor and passer by that history cannot be ignored, it is there to stay; that the mass murders perpetrated by the Nazis should be remembered, and the lesson should be learned, by everyone.
Stairs lead to the underground information center. The Holocaust with its inconceivable numbers of victims receives human proportions with the accounts of individual communities, families, persons.
During my visit to the memorial numerous tour buses stopped there, and I saw tourists from all over the world walk among the stelae, reflect, visit the information center.
I was thinking: this is the best assurance that events like the Holocaust will never happen again, anywhere on our planet.
This monument, right next to the Brandenburg Gate is a moving and chilling reminder of the tragedies of the Twentieth Century. The huge granite slabs are arranged in such a way as to create a labyrinth which disorientates you as you walk around and casts dark shadows in between the walls.You can really feel like you are lost inside a dark, threatening forest.
Below it is a really informative and well laid out exhibition,which gives background to the Holocaust and also traces the specific histories of a few families from different European countries, and tells what happened to the different members of each family. There are even postcards and letters sent from inside the camps to families outside, which make it quite clear what was going on inside.
Well worth a visit even if you find it hard to go round the whole place, at least see some of it.
Standing on a 19,000 sq m patch of land sandwiched between the East and West Berlin of the Cold War, the new memorial is an undulating labyrinth of concrete plinths. It consists of a site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. Visitors can move through the tilting featureless stones - each one a unique shape and size - from any direction. There are no plaques, inscriptions or symbols along the way.
This is certainly the largest memorial of any kind I have seen. Wandering in its depths as the sun setted, the noise of the city was completely muted and at the end of the rows seemed so far away and unreachable. Only a momentary glimpse of someone passing across a line of sight before vanishing again in silence.
According to designer Peter 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.
An attached underground 'Place of Information' holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims.
AFTER A LOT OF PLANNING AND TALKING THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON 8TH MAY 2005.
BUILT TO HONOUR THE JEWISH VICTIMS OF NAZI GENOCIDE IT WAS DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT PETER EISENMAN.. THIS MEMORIAL COVERS A 4.7 ACRE SITE AND COST SOME $25 MILLION.. THE WHOLE THING CONSISTS OF 2,711 CONCRETE SLABS..SOME ARE ANKLE HIGH AND SOME TOWER ABOVE YOU..
THE WHOLE MEMORIAL IS DESIGNED TO PRODUCE AN UNEASY AND CONFUSING ATMOSPHERE..
I CAN SAFELY SAY MR EISENMAN GOT WHAT HE PLANNED.
THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY OR WRONG WAY TO WALK AROUND THE MEMORIAL..YOU JUST WALK WHERE YOU PLEASE..ONLY STOPPING TO LOOK AND THINK..YOU WILL DO A LOT OF THINKING HERE...PLUS YOU MAY GET LOST HERE....MOSTLY IN THOUGHT !!
THE INFORMATION CENTRE IS OPEN FROM10AM TO 8PM
ADMISSION IS FREE.
TOURS ARE AT 10.30AM AND 2PM SAT & SUN AND COST $3
This controversial Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe...is a 19,000 square- meter area covered with 2711 stones placed on sloping, uneven ground in an undulating wave-like design.
The Memorial is somewhat "modern" in nature...and was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and was dedicated on January 27, 2000. The opening ceremony actually occurred May 10, 2005.
There is lots of information written about this Memorial...and so I wont go into more detail here.
I think it is a little unusual way to represent the intended meaning behind this important idea!
The 19,000 square-meter Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, which was opened to the public on May 12, 2005, consists of 2711 stones placed on sloping, uneven ground in an undulating wave-like pattern, giving visitors the feeling of insecurity as though the stones were on unstable ground.
Visitors can enter from all four sides, day or night, and wander on their own through the maze of stones, as though visiting a graveyard with nameless tombstones. The columns are sunk into the ground to various depths and at some places, they are higher than the heads of the visitors. There are no set paths or sign posts to guide viewers
To make this a fair game we're only missing a memorial to the other victims, such as homosexuals, gypsies and immigrants.
The Holocaust Memorial is situated in the city centre, near the Brandenburger Gate. It was designed by Peter Eisenman, a New York architect. There are 2,711 concrete blocks of different heights, structured in a grid pattern and covering nearly 19,000 m2 of gently sloping ground. There is also an underground Information Centre, similarly designed by Eisenman in an equally impressive style, housing an exhibition with background information on the victims and detailing other historical memorial sites.
A visit to the Holocaust Memorial is a must, it costs nothing, only the museum costs some money but not much.
I recommend taking the time to go into the memorial and take your time in it and really try to get the message that the architect gives. It is a very disorienting experience.
I also liked the concept of the museum and how it told the survivors stories.
Just 300 metres away from the Brandenburg Gate, built by the architect Peter Eisenmann. You can walk right into the monument (just be careful not to bumb into school kids playing hide and seek there). The remembrance monument is made from a few hundred steles of different size and height.
There was a lot of controversy about this memorial for Europe’s murdered Jews, located just some steps from Brandenburger Tor, towards Potsdamer Platz, at the corner of Ebert- and Behrenstraße, and opened on 10 May 2005. Some people were just sick of getting another such memorial, as there are plenty in Germany, others thought it is the ugliest memorial they have ever seen, and again others were against such a huge area being occupied by a monument.
So I was rather interested to see it with my own eyes and make up my opinion.
Well, I was rather impressed. I think those 2711 rectangular grey concrete columns of different heights, lined up on a slightly wave-shaped area of 19,000 square metres, reflect perfectly the sombre feeling that lies over this part of history.
You can access the paths between the columns from any point around the site, and wherever you are, it always looks different. While you walk along the tracks and lose the feeling of where exactly you are, your thoughts go back to the past. Looking over the columns from the outside you see the tree-lined horizon, and some attractive buildings of Berlin. The other world, the better world that was so close and even visible but yet out of reach for the Jews in the Third Reich. In that sense the monument is a fabulous place to reflect this tragedy, with its monotony and sadness.
One thing, I think, the American artist and architect Peter Eisenmann had not planned is that some steles would sink and start leaning.
There is a subterranean documentation centre – called Ort der Information (information site) at the side of Cora-Berliner-Straße. We did not visit because it opened at 10am and we were there earlier, and apart from that we have visited enough such documentation centres and concentration camps to be well informed.
Documentation centre open Tue – Sun 10am – 8pm (April – September), and from October to March from 10am to 7pm, entry free.
Guided tours (3 Euro) Sat 11am and 2pm, Sun 11am, 2pm and 4pm.
The holocaust-mahnmal is a place you have to visit alone. You have to go inside this monument and just walk letting the atmosphere that you can breath inside this special "memory monumet" take your senses. There are 2711 "bricks" of different dimension that give you strange sensations when you walk trought. It's very good that Berlin has a so important monumnet for not forget what happened in the world war II. When i was there there was police that check the monumnet and don't let you sit on the big bricks for have a break and rest. Well obiusvly it's right! You are on a monumnet not at your own house.
I think that everyone has to come here..expecially 'couse it's in Berlin..for never forget what men can do
The memorial is located near the Brandenburg Gate. It was built between 2003 and 2005. The grid pattern consisting of 2.711 concrete stelae, which can be walked through from all sides, leaves it up to visitors to find their own way in and out of the complex.
The underground information center is accessible via stairs and a lift and provides information on the victims, the places of extermination and today's memorial sites.
Not to be missed.
The Memorial for the Murdered Jews was one of the first places we visited. This memorial designed by Peter Eisenman had it's unveiling on May 10, 2005. It consists of 2,711 concrete pillars and covers an area of 5.5 acres in the center of Berlin. The memorial is open on all sides. Seeing the pillars of varied heights and sizes resembles a cemetary with many tombstones. I have to say walking through this memorial really made an impression on me. I felt a feeling in me of deep respect and tribute for all the people murdered unjustly.
This is a history that cannot be forgotten but personally I feel the best tribute to all these individuals is to remember them with joy and celebrate the life that they were before the holocaust. Remembering the mothers, the fathers, grandparents, daughters, sons and the little children...
I knew that there are many memorials and monuments of holocaust in Berlin. I didn't know about the performance of this memorial. Grandious! I'm sure that nobody who are visiting this memorial is without any impressions.