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January 19, 2017

Should Germany’s “Monument of Shame” be torn down?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:06 am
Berlin's Monument of Shame

The Monument of Shame in the heart of Berlin


Bjoern Hoecke said Tuesday that the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust is a “monument of shame.”

Björn Höcke in 2015

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s vice chancellor on Wednesday harshly condemned remarks by a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, who suggested ending the country’s decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Sigmar Gabriel wrote on Facebook that even though he knows the AfD party thrives on provocation, the comments by Bjoern Hoecke, who leads the party in the eastern state of Thuringia, were “shocking.”
“This is not just some kind of provocation,” Gabriel wrote. “We must never let this kind of demagoguery be undisputed.”

Hoecke had called the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust a “monument of shame.” He told party supporters in the eastern city of Dresden that no other country would erect such a memorial in its capital and called instead for Germany to take a “positive” attitude toward its history. He also said Germany needs to perform a “180-degree turn” when it comes to remembering its past.

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My 2002 photo of the site before the Memorial was built

My 2002 photo of the construction site before the Memorial to the Jews  was built

The 19,000 square-meter Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, which was opened to the public on May 12, 2005, consists of 2711 stones placed on sloping, uneven ground in an undulating wave-like pattern, giving visitors the feeling of insecurity as though the stones were on unstable ground.

Visitors can enter from all four sides, day or night, and wander on their own through the maze of stones, as though visiting a graveyard with nameless tombstones. The columns are sunk into the ground to various depths and at some places, they are higher than the heads of the visitors. There are no set paths or sign posts to guide viewers. The memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman to deliberately disorient visitors by having all the stones tilted slightly and paths that are not level.

Before 1945, this location was part of the Ministry Gardens; it was adjacent to the large complex of buildings which included Hitler’s Chancellery. After the war, it was part of the “death strip” along the Berlin wall. The memorial covers an area very close to the underground bunker where Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. There is no access to Hitler’s bunker which still exists underground.

My photo of the location before the Memorial was built

My photo of the location in Berlin before the Memorial was built

My photo of the Monument location before it was built

My photo of Monument location when construction began in 2002

1 Comment

  1. AfD-Chefin Petry: „Höcke ist eine Belastung für die Partei“ — the head of the AfD thinks Höcke isn’t doing the party any favors with such statements — on the other hand: Gauland stellt sich hinter Höcke — „Ich verstehe die ganze Aufregung nicht“, meinte dagegen Brandenburgs AfD-Vorsitzender Alexander Gauland. Wer die gesamte Rede Höckes gehört habe, könne darin nichts Rechtsextremes oder Antisemitisches entdecken. — another AfD honcho says if you read the entire speech there is nothing extreme or anti-semitic in it — he’s probably right (but I won’t bother to find and read the speech).

    Sigmar Gabriel: Warum Flüchtlinge ein Gewinn für Deutschland sind — in this article from July, 2015, Gabriel tries to convince Germans that a million low IQ muslims and Africans are a plus for Germany — I give the SPD credit for leaving this article, which must be embarrassing to members of the party who have brains, up on the internet — it is likely that Gabriel, a porcine creep whom few people see as likable, will run as the SPD’s candidate against Merkel later this year.

    Comment by eah — January 19, 2017 @ 9:02 am

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