Holocaust Denkmal, Berlin 2012 - day one
I visited the Holocaust Memorial on day one of my time in Berlin, and I think it changed me. I doubt I can actually explain this with words, but I will try.
As you walk down into the Holocaust Denkmal, slowly finding yourself among taller and taller slabs you feel yourself becoming disorientated. The grid remains simple, the lines of stelae straight, yet you have the feeling that you could easily become lost. I found that the longer I stayed inside, the heavier my heart felt and the less likely I felt that I would find my way out. “Its a straight grid”, I told myself, but part of me was unsure, part of me felt lost and alone... Of course, as reason had assured me, I made a right angle turn and easily found my way. And as I walked out of the memorial, once again able to see over the concrete slabs to the world around me, the most amazing feeling of lightness and freedom overcame me. I can honestly say that no other memorial has moved me in this way, and I feel somehow changed inside.