The Holocaust Memorial

Jewish victims remembered

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Fully and bluntly named The National Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Holocaust Memorial is New York architect Peter Eisenman’s way of remembering the Nazi slaughter of some six million Jews.

Inspired by the densely clustered gravestones in Prague’s Jewish graveyard, the design consists of 2,711 dark grey, oblong, pillars of varying heights tightly spaced over the entire site – which is about the size of three football fields. These give visitors a sense of gloom, isolation and solitude as they find their way through the maze to the underground information centre, where the life stories and plights of selected Holocaust victims are expertly presented.

Further separate memorials commemorate the homosexual victims of the Nazi regime (in the Tiergarten park just over the road) and the gypsy victims too (in the Tiergarten beside the Reichstag).

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