Episode 88: Gleis 17 Memorial

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Location:

Am Bahnhof Grunewald 1, 14193 Berlin

Facts:

  • Two memorials
  • 50,000 people transported by the Deutsche Reichsbahn to ghettos and extermination camps

The Gleis 17 memorial in the Grunewald station is worth the trip. It is there to remind us of all the people that, not so long ago, were in that station not to visit Teufelsberg or to take a walk in the forest, but to take a train to either Jewish ghettos or extermination camps.

Although inaugurated in 1991, the design competition for a memorial on Gleis 17 started in the late 1980s. The winner was a design by Karol Broniatowski. This memorial is 18 meters long and it shows silhouettes of the deportees and it commemorates those that were taken from the Grunewald station. Later, the Deutsche Bahn, understanding the role of its predecessor — Deutsche Reichsbahn– in the deportations, decided to make a memorial commemorating all the deportations from 1941 to 1945. This second memorial was inaugurated in 1998 and is what you see today next to the tracks of Gleis 17.

To know more about the deportations from Grunewald, listen to the talk below:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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