But, going on the supposition that visiting a Holocaust memorial in the capital city of the country that committed this particular atrocity was probably worth checking out, we detoured into the alien landscape. Plus, the place just looked intriguing.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was built in 2004 after a decade of all the inevitable setbacks, restarts, and controversy that you think would happen for such a sensitive topic in such a sensitive place. It features 2,711 columns (“stelae”) that are about eight feet wide and range in height from 10 inches to almost 16 feet. Nestled at one edge is an information center…underground so as not to disturb the effect of the plain of stelae.
I like this memorial. The only problem I see with the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is that…it’s fun. Walking deep within the stelae made me want to play hide and seek or start up a game of lazer tag or film an avant-garde science fiction movie. Going by the shoe prints at the top edges of some of the taller ones, I assume a few kids had even parkour’d it.