The Jewish Memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenmann and engineer Buro Happold.
At first I was somewhat underwhelmed by what I saw. For 6 million murdered Jews I expected the memorial to be on a far larger scale. There definitely aren’t even close to 6 million blocks. However, when I started to walk amongst the concrete blocks my mood and opinion gradually began to change. With all the greyness surrounding me I began to feel extremely somber and thoughtful. These blocks are here for a reason. That reason represents a massive black cloud over humanity – the ability to cause enormous suffering.
Perhaps the aim was not to create a physical representation of all 6 million Jews who were killed during the Second World War, perhaps the aim was to create a memorial that was able to provoke emotion and thought in the viewer in order for them to reflect back on history and remember those who suffered.
A visitor once said about this memorial, “It reminds me of all the Jewish people’s left luggage.”