Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Holocaust-Mahnmal)

In Berlin there are many memorials dedicated to the Second World War and Holocaust victims. This stunning memorial is considered by many the most contradictory in contemporary Berlin. The site consists of over 2700 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on the area of approximately 19 000 square meters. According to designers’ concept, the concrete slabs are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing feeling that the Jews felt during the War. The architects who took part in the design competition were set a task to design a memorial that would not bear any national or religious symbolism, therefore, the concrete blocks are clean, without any identification marks or signs. However the hidden implication became obvious right after the opening ceremony in 2005: view on the Memorial reminds the view on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (Jewish cemetery). Visitors of the Memorial now have an opportunity to wander through the blocks and listen to the virtual concert broadcast on smart phones (a 17-minute concert Before the Silencing (Vor dem Verstummen) by Harald Weis). This concert was composed specifically for the Memorial and was performed only once in May 2008 when 24 musicians were playing it on the memorial field before the audience of several thousand people.

Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1
Opening hours: 24h
How to reach: Potsdamer Platz U2, S1, S2, S25
Coordinates: 52.513929, 13.378739