There are so many memorials in Berlin, you couldn’t see them all in one trip (or maybe ever), let alone in one blog post. So this is Take One. Take One covers memorials I came across that I found interesting in some way at the time. On reflection, the diversity of these memorials show that there is no template for what we memorialise, what memorials look like, how we experience memorials and how memorials come to being.
“The stumbling blocks become reminders and voices; they call out, ‘Every human being has a name.’” – Miriam Gillis-Carlebach, daughter of Hamburg’s last rabbi.*
Große Hamburger Straße Cemetery
Missing House, Große Hamburger Straße 15/16
Book burning memorial, Bebelplatz
While the majority of memorials are dedicated to commemorating the lives of people who have died, some commemorate other kinds of loss. This one is a great example.
That was only a prelude, there where they burn books, they burn in the end people.
Heinrich Heine, 1820.