Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Dale Lazar
American

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Berlin, Germany
2016
Photograph

This photograph depicts Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It was taken by Pittsburgh-area photographer Dale Lazar.

“Visit Berlin” describes the memorial as follows:

“On a site covering 19,000 square meters [are] 2711 concrete slabs of different heights. The area is open day and night and from all four sides, you can fully immerse yourself in the fully accessible spatial structure. The memorial is on a slight slope and its wave-like form is different wherever you stand. The uneven concrete floor gives visitors a moment of giddiness or even uncertainty. Its openness and abstractness give you space to confront the topic in your own personal way. The sheer size of the installation and its lack of a central point of remembrance call into question the conventional concept of a memorial. This creates a place of remembrance, but not with the usual means.”

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