Sunday, October 28, 2012

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

I had not looked at photos or anything prior to seeing this monument- and that first moment today really took my breath away. And stopped me in my tracks.

Before you is a field of 2711 solid concrete slabs, of varied heights, on a rolling hill, spaced equally apart and in exact order.

To me, like rows and rows of coffins.

Walking through them was disorienting and sounds are muffled. (I had a couple near misses with other people as you literally can't see or really hear them coming). At some moments the slabs are nearly twice my height. The goal to make the observer uneasy and confused, is successful.

Stunning. Sad. Impactful.

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