From Potsdamer Platz we walked through the ‘Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe’, which is a controversial structure in terms of both concept and design – controversial mostly because no one really understands it.
The monument is composed of two thousand seven hundred and eleven rectangular concrete blocks laid out in a grid formation. No explanations, no names and no dedications, a sort of graveyard full of stones without inscriptions. I suppose it might be conceived as a memorial to lost people.
According to the architect the blocks are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly once orderly system that momentarily lost touch with human reason.
Several people have had a shot at trying to provide a more definitive explanation but I find none of them absolutely convincing. Personally I found the memorial rather bizarre and difficult to…
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