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Controversial Jewish Memorial  
   

Controversial Jewish Memorial

There is so much controversy surrounding this thing I wonder if I have time to type it all. First of all, it's only commemorating Jews that died during World War II, not any of the other massacred and persecuted groups like gays, the disabled, etc etc. Second, it seems to totally be a rip off of a previously existing Jewish memorial behind the Jewish museum a few kilometers away. Thirdly, it is just a dream come true for graffiti artists (which are PLENTIFUL in Berlin, let me tell you) so they had to coat the whole thing with anti-paint varnish. However, the chemical company that won the bid to produce the varnish was the same company that produced the toxic gas during the war that was used to gas all the Jews.... Now, some say that can't really be held against them because it was during a facist regime where you had no choice but to particpate with the government, regardless of how brutal their requests, and they shouldn't be still held accountable for that 50+ years later, but it was kind of the last straw for a lot of people, I guess. Despite all the controversy, there's no denying it's pretty cool, and one of my favourite pieces of modern art for sure.
Hitler's Grave is a Dirt Parking Lot--No Joke

March 1st 2007
Hoooonestly I've been on the internet for ages already, so this is going to be short. I've uploaded a ton of photos from this WONDERFUL Berlin walking tour that Derek and I took today. Our guide was so animated and super knowledgable, it was excellent! If you're coming to Berlin, we recommend Brewer's Berlin English Walking Tours, and ask for Barnaby because he's great!!! Not only did he show ... read more
Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin

German Flag As Europe's largest economy and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20t... ... read more
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