6.000.000 who were murdered only because they were born Jewish
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. In memory of 6.000.000 who were murdered only because they were born Jewish.
In Berlin, I remember how moved I was when I arrived in front of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It's so sober, stone, and yet, so full of tears, crying, screaming, pain, horror... It makes you feel small, humble, respectful, and you have to remember this story, our story, whether you are Jewish or not.
Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold.
It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.
The stelae are 2.38 metres (7 ft 10 in) long, 0.95 metres (3 ft 1 in) wide and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.7 metres (7.9 in to 15 ft 5.0 in).
They are organized in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west at right angles but set slightly askew.
An attached underground "Place of Information" holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.
Building began on 1 April 2003, and was finished on 15 December 2004.
It was inaugurated on 10 May 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II in Europe, and opened to the public two days later.
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