Opened May 10, 2005, 60 years after the capitulation of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to the murdered Jews of Europe, is a stele field accessible from all sides. Located in the city centre, and free of charge, it receives more than 500,000 visitors a year.
On the 19,000-square-metre site, the New York architect Peter Eisenman erected 2,711 concrete blocks of different heights assembled in a checkerboard pattern. You can enter the monument through its four sides and walk among its wave-shaped structure, which is perceived differently depending on where one is located.
This artistic project, long controversial, is enriched with an underground information centre of 800 square metres. In the Hall of Names, the Raum der Namen, a voice reads out the name of each of the six million victims of the Holocaust, and gives a short biography of each person. It would take 15 years to hear all their names…
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