Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe 2.5 rating

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At the heart of Berlin is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Holocaust Memorial of Germany remembering and honoring the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It has an information centre and a Field of Stelae with 2711 stelae (concrete slabs) of the same size buried at different depths in a grid of 19000 m2.

It originated as a citizens' initiative facilitated by journalist Lea Rosh and historian Eberhard Jackel at the end of the 1980s, and was built to a design by Peter Eisenman in 2003 - 2005. The Field of Stelae is a stark place of plain unmarked dark grey concrete, without any information blocks. It was deliberately designed that way to allow for the visitors' own interpretation of what the design represents as they walk through the grid, contemplating the persecution of Jews. Its location in the city centre, close to attractions such as the Brandenburg Tor, serves to remind visitors of the defining imprint of the Holocaust on the history of Berlin. However, the location is not without controversy as the wartime bunker of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels is located under a part of the memorial.

The information centre has an exhibition designed by Dagmar von Wilcken about the persecution and extermination of the European Jews at different historical crime sites. It starts out with an overview of the Nazi policy and persecution from 1933-1945. The 'Room of Dimensions' showcases some personal, moving correspondence of the victims diary entries, last letters to loved ones and final notes before their impending murders. The 'Room of Families' shows the destruction and displacement of families that were torn apart and sent to different concentration camps during the time. The 'Room of Names' presents the victims' names and biographies. The 'Room of Sites' runs through the different crime sites and concentration camps in all of Europe through film and photo. The centre also holds a database with the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims.

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About Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe

 Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, Berlin, Germany

 +49 30 2639433

 http://www.stiftung-denkmal.de

Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall(1.1 km)
Little is left of the Berlin Wall at its original site, which was destroyed almost everywhere when Germany was reunified in 1989.

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate(0.3 km)
The Brandenburger Tor or Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving Berlin city gate from the 18th century and a symbol of the reunified city.

Neues Museum

Neues Museum(1.4 km)
The Neues Museum or New Museum on Berlin’s Museuminsel stands as a monument to 19th century art appreciation, museum design and technological innovation.

Kammermusiksaal

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Kollhoff Tower

Kollhoff Tower(0.6 km)
The 101 metre tall Kollhoff Tower on 1 Potsdamer Platz has an open observation deck on the roof that offers breathtaking views of Berlin.

Panoramapunkt

Panoramapunkt(0.6 km)

Neue Kirche

Neue Kirche(0.9 km)
The Neue Kirche, also known as Deutscher Dom, is one of the 3 buildings of the ‘trinity ensemble’ in the Gendarmenmarkt square, along with the Französische Dom and the Konzerthaus.

Pergamon Museum

Pergamon Museum(1.3 km)
The Pergamon Museum is partially closed for renovation until 2019.

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