'The Holocaust Memorial, inaugurated in Berlin in 2005, was designed by the American architect Peter Eisenman.

When Eisenman for the first time saw people walking into the memorial, he was amazed, seeing how their heads disappeared, like going under water. It reminded him of a passage from the book “If This Is a Man” by the Italian Jewish Primo Levi, who survived Auschwitz. Here, prisoners didn’t seem to be alive but they weren't dead either - just descending into a personal hell.

The memorial was never intended simply as a memorial, but also as a living expression of the German people to remind us all of the past; providing a haunting experience by its very juxtaposition within the heart of a thriving, modern capital city.'

Photo: “Holocaust Memorial”, Berlin, Germany, 2017
Photographer and storyteller: Jeanet Lang

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The Foundation Memorial (Stiftung Denkmal) to the Murdered Jews Europe.

The Foundation Memorial (Stiftung Denkmal) to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a federal foundation, which was founded on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag on 25 June 1999. It supervises the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Information Centre, and – following an amendment on 3 July 2009 – it is also responsible for the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime, the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered under the National Socialist Regime and the Memorial and Information Point for the Victims of National Socialist »Euthanasia« Killings. Moreover, the foundation’s mission is to play a part in »ensuring that all victims of National Socialism are remembered and honoured appropriately«. It develops special exhibitions, organises lectures and seminars, and creates accompanying publications.

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