Today we had our last day in Berlin and in Germany.
We started the day by going to the Holocaust Memorial. We had been informed that the information part of the Memorial was closed until today so we had not gone earlier. Unfortunately the center was still closed today so we only managed to see the outside area.
The Memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000 m2 (4.7-acre) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or “stelae”, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. According to Eisenman’s project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. ( Information sourced from the Memorial Brochure). The area definitely made me feel uneasy and disorientated.
After visiting this outside area we made our way to the Jewish Museum. This was a very interesting museum all about the history of Jewish people in Germany. One of the installations in the museum is the the installation called Shalekhet ( Fallen Leaves). It is 10 000 faces punched out of steel which are distributed on the ground in one of the many voids in the museum. The void is the only “voided” space of the Libeskind Building that can be entered. Israeli artist Menashe Kadishman dedicated his artwork not only to Jews killed during the Shoah, but to all victims of violence and war. Visitors are invited to walk on the faces and listen to the sounds created by the metal sheets, as they clang and rattle against one another. Many people walked on the faces – I could not. The whole day again reinforced how terrible our human race can be to each other.
Our visit to Berlin has reinforced to me how important it is to be kind to one another, how important it is to teach our children to be kind to one another , how important it is to be the one to stand up for what is right and how important it is to stand up against what is wrong even when you might be the lone voice.
Until next time