an American in Germany: a blog about culture, language, society
Monday, June 22, 2009
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Yes, that is the name of the memorial. German: Denkmal für die ermordeten der Juden Europas. People call it the "Holocaust-Mahnmal" though, the "Holocaust Memorial." In German there are two words for memorial, "Denkmal" and "Mahnmal". "Denken" means "to think" and "Mahnen" means "to warn." It's a huge area filled with grey concrete blocks, varying in height because the ground goes up and down. You can walk through and it gets deeper and deeper until you are way down in the middle of it.