Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe

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The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas) is a memorial located in the German city of Berlin, dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

The memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. Their winning design was selected in a national competition, and construciton was completed on December 15, 2004. The memorial consists of a 5-acre site covered with 2,00 concrete slabs which are arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The slabs are 8 feet long, 3 feet wide, and vary in height from 1 foot to 16 feet tall. Eisenman has stated that the memorial was designed to create an uneasy and confusing atmosphere that force the individual into a state of reflection. Likewise, in Eisenman's project text, the design is intended to twist an ordered system of geometric shapes into a system that has lost touch with human reason. An attached underground "Place of Information" contains the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims.


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