Entering the Field of Stelae is a sombre experience, the uniform grey, undulating pattern, narrow passageways between the more than 2,700 concrete blocks evoke a feeling of immense solitude. The further you enter inside the Field of Stelae the more you are cut off from the sights and sounds coming from outside, walking amongst the blocks which sometimes tower over your head and others are no more than few centimetres off the ground, light fades and temperatures drop it is easy for the visitor to become disorientated an enforced feeling of isolation sets in, an attempt by the architect for visitors to experience , albeit in a very small way the sense of isolation, disorientation and horror experienced by the Jews during World War II.
Located in the heart of Berlin, the Field of Stelae, forms part of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a memorial which honours the more than 6,000,000 victims of the Holocaust. The tour information centre begins with an overview of the Nationalist Socialist policy between 1933 and 1945, featuring images and texts at the final of the starting hall there are six large portraits representing each age group and gender of the holocaust victims.
The Room of Dimensions outlines the enormity of the Holocaust, quotes from Holocaust survivors and victims speak of the atrocities committed against them, the perpetrators of the atrocities strove to ensure that there was no record left of the people they exterminated. The diaries, farewell notes and letters shed light on the feeling of desolation, horror and suffering they experienced.
The Room of Names is an attempt to put names to the victims of the Holocaust, the names, year of birth and death are projected onto the walls of the room. It would take six years, seven months and 27 days for all the names of the victims to be projected on the walls of the room.
The Room of Sites shows the 200 localities of the persecution and destruction of the Jews, films and photographs show mass shootings, extermination and concentration camps, forced marches and deportation routes. The seven largest extermination camps are shown in detail and audio stations have witness accounts from the time.
A visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a sombre reminder of the atrocities that man is capable of committing against man and a must see to ensure that the Holocaust is never repeated.