Holocaust Memorial (Berlin, Germany)
K. suggests this site: “I don’t know I would strictly say this is a morbid sightseeing example, although if you include the museum underneath it might qualify. Regardless, it certainly is worth a wander through if you are in that part of the world.
“In 2005 I was backpacking through Europe, and made a point of getting to Berlin to do a tour of the city. On the tour we stopped at many places including the remaining sections of the wall, Hitler’s hiding place and the Holocaust Memorial. It was the memorial that intrigued me the most. It is made up of hundreds of pillars all of differing heights, and placed on the ground which was a series of dips and rises. Our guide explained that part of the reason for the design was to show how you might meet up with people for a while, but then turn off and only see people for a second before they disappear behind another pillar, which was an effort to show how people passed each other in the death camps during the Holocaust as they were shifted around.
“The thing that really intrigued me was part of the controversy of the memorial. Each pillar is covered with what they call an ‘Anti-graffiti agent’, made by a company called Degussa, making it possible for any graffiti to be easily washed off. Yet Degussa also made Zyklon B Gas, which was used by the Germans in their gas chambers during the Holocaust.
“A lot of people on the tour thought this was appalling, however I thought it to be quite fitting. Sure it could more than likely come down to their bottom line and how much profit/publicity they could get off it, hell that is what business is about after all, but I prefer to think they saw how they had contributed in such a horrific way, and this is some small way of saying sorry.
“There are heaps of articles about it on the net, here is one where I checked info:
“I have attached a photo I took while in the middle of the memorial. You can see how the ground looks like a wave, and how high the pillars get. It really is quite unnerving being in there after hearing all the tales of what happened.”