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Holocaust exhibit #3
Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: I chose this as my "photo of the day" for Oct 18,2015.
The Holocaust exhibit, officially known as the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” (”Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas” in German), is a memorial in the center of Berlin dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists of a 4.7-acre site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The slabs are 7 ft 10 in long, 3 ft 1 in wide, and they vary in height from 7.9 in to 15 ft 9.0 in. They are organized in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west—at right angles but set slightly askew. An attached underground "Place of Information" holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims. Building of the exhibit 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.
I had never heard of the exhibit before I arrived; and because I am neither Jewish nor German, I had no idea what to expect. But I can tell you that it is one of the most somber, powerful, and moving exhibits I have ever seen. It was difficult for me to photograph — not because of any technical complexities, but because I had a difficult time keeping my hands from shaking as I took the photos.
For the final few days of our vacation, we traveled by air from Amsterdam to Berlin — and spent about four days in the “Mitte” section of the city, quite close to what was once the dividing line between East and West Berlin; indeed, our hotel was technically in East Berlin.
We spent the first afternoon wandering around the local area, partly to see the infamous “Checkpoint Charlie” (just a few blocks from our hotel), and partly to get a sense of the buildings, the people, and the overall “look and feel” of the city. Since I spend much of my time focusing on “street photography” in New York, I did the same thing here … and aside from the German language that you’ll see on a few of the signposts, the people look much the same as they do in any other big city.
I did get a few photos of the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Exhibition, and some video clips from inside the TierGarten (which I’ll upload in the next few days). I also took quite a few photos of some “street art” that was created on one of the few remaining sections of the old Berlin Wall; these two will be uploaded in the next few days.
We took a driving tour around the city one morning, including a quick circle around the old 1936 Olympic Stadium; we also had lunch in a fancy restaurant atop the old Reichstag Building, which is now (as I understand it) the home of the German legislature. But I certainly don’t feel that I saw very much of the entire city; it would be like making a whirlwind tour around a few parts of Manhattan, and then trying to claim that you’ve seen all of New York City.
As a child of the Cold War (and having been born exactly one year befor the day that Hitler committed suicide), I have always been intrigued by Berlin — and would love to go back several more times to see more of the neighborhoods, the culture, and the people. I don’t think I would ever claim to “know” Berlin in any complete sense; indeed, I don’t even feel that way about New York, after living here for 45+ years. But I could certainly learn a lot more, and I found it sufficiently interesting that I would like to learn more…
During the first two weeks of September 2015, we took a river cruise down the Rhine River, and wrapped up the trip with a few days in Berlin. This Flickr album contains various photos from that trip …
We spent the first couple days recovering from jet-lag in Interlaken, Switzerland. This is the site of the Jungfrau and various other spectacular peaks in the Alps range — but it was so foggy that we could hardly see anything. I’ve included a couple of videos of a tram ride down the mountain, as well as some paraglider who floated down into the town park.
We then traveled to Basel, where we got on-board a Viking Cruise ship that headed north for the next several days — eventually arriving in Amsterdam, after making stops nearly every day to see ancient castles and fortresses, as well as various villages and small towns that have survived various wars, tyrants, and regimes for well over a thousand years.
From our final cruise destination in Amsterdam, we flew to Berlin — where we spent a few days at a very nice hotel that turned out to be in what was once East Berlin. Indeed, the separation between East and West Berlin, once so obvious and important, is now almost impossible for a visitor to spot. Except for some rubble, and a few small mementoes (like Checkpoint Charlie, a few blocks from our hotel), there is no obvious difference between East and West from pre-1989 days.