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This is a re-post because I wasn't satisfied with previous one ;)

ABOUT THE PLACE

In May 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the fall of the Nazi regime and the end of World War II, the city of Berlin dedicated their Holocaust Memorial, designed to commemorate the murder of six million Jews at the hands of Hitler and his forces.
Occupying about 205,000 square feet (19,000 square meters) of space near the Brandenburg Gate and just a short distance from where the ruins of Hitlerís bunker is buried, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial is made up of 2,711 gray stone slabs that bear no markings, such as names or dates.
The slabs undulate in a wave-like pattern. Each is a five-sided monolith, individually unique in shape and size. Some are only ankle high while others tower over visitors. The paths that are shaped between the slabs undulate as well. Eisenman hoped to create a feeling of groundlessness and instability; a sense of disorientation. Most will agree that he succeeded.
Visitors may walk through the memorial in any direction as there is no set pattern to the stones. The architect has said that he hopes it will merely become a natural part of the city, blending in with its background; used for shortcuts on the way home from work or a place of peace and quiet on a chaotic day.
(extract from aviewoncities.com)

ABOUT THE MOMENT

A very hot day of mid-August last year. The Stones are grey/black,so as the ground. The temperature was hardly bearable under the harsh sun. A group of 3 young men was walking away while another on the far right (not on the pic) was being teached by they professor the essence of that placeand its symbolism.

ABOUT THE MOOD

I spent a few hours in Berlin, thoug I percieved a lot of feelings in those hours. I met nice people, listened to great music, saw a very young population, ate good food, and visited many symbolic places. Berlin past is still very close and still lives in berliners' mind. Apart from younger students, everyone has known the Berlin Wall and its history. Older people knew War and some of them hardly take the train without remembering horrors (I remember an old man shouting terrifying things when we passed by a given station).
This pic, to me, is a symbol of young generation growing with such a heavy history but proudly going on their way with the hope it will never happen again.

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