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“A tranquil setting hides a dark secret”

Gleis 17, Grunewald
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Ranked #24 of 1,040 things to do in Berlin
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

We did not see this on any tourist info, but was recommended by a friend. Outside the nearest station, Grunewald, are stalls selling fruit and vegetables; there is a lovely bakery and opposite, a little bar serving excellent beer. The setting is peaceful and pretty-totally belying the horror that took place there during WWII. A minute's walk from the station lie the old railway tracks, and on the edge of the long, iron platforms are the actual number of Jews deported, the date they left and to which camps the were sent. On some days it was a few hundred, on others over a thousand. There is a florist just outside Grunewald station and so I returned to buy flowers to leave on the tracks. A small gesture to pay my respects.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017

You won't forget this memorial as it gives you the perspective of the Jews who were transported to concentration camps; you stand on the same ground and can easily imagine their experience. When you enter the tunnel, look for the sign Gleis 17. Take the stairs up to the platform and you will easily find the site. The neighborhood itself is also very beautiful and worth walking around to see the fabulous homes.

2  Thank Mary K
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

Fiding Gleis 17 is easy but you need to be looking for it. It is worth finding.

Take the S7 (S Bahn towards Potsdam and get off at Grunewald Station. You can also take a bus (M19 I think)

As you get off the train and walk towards the exit, there are sign posts but before going to visit the memorial, walk to the exit and look at the station. It was built in the late 19th century and is almost Tirolean in design. Then go back to the memorial and think about what whose who boarded the train saw before they departed and how much more sinister it was for Nazi's to use such a chocolate box setting to deport 50,000 Berlin Jews to the death camps.

The memorial comprises 186 cast steel plates placed in gravel along gleis (platform) 17. Each of these refers to a transport which took place from Berlin, the date of the transport and the number of people transported on that day. The destinations, Theresienstadt, Minsk, Riga, Kaunas and Łódź, Auschwitz-Birkenau and other death camps.

As one walks up and down the platform, looking at the metal plates, the number of those sent per train become larger and the frequency increases. The scale is shocking and the silence of the place allows you to consider what actually happened here. A carving by the Polish sculptor Karol Broniatowski has been placed to the right of the station entrance and leads up to the loading sidings of the freight station where the trains were loaded with their human cargo and dispatched. It is an 18-metre concrete block with embedded silhouettes of deportees.

It is not important for memorials to be built on a grand scale adorned with information as to why it was built in the first place. It is important for memorials to be built in locations where events took place, to provide facts and allow those who visit to contemplate the horror which took place.

Gleis 17 is worth finding. Search for it. Make the effort.

5  Thank WinchesterCathedral
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Here there is nothing special to see related to others tributes to Jews holocaust. Obviously there is a special vibe to stay in the same place where so much suffering happened, but do not expect any museum or exhibition. It worth the visit if you already are in the neighborhood, since grunewald is an amazing area.

1  Thank MirkoSpino
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

In a residential neighborhood, this memorial is both simple and very powerful. Alongside the tracks, on the concrete of the station, multiple small plaques list the date, destination, and number of people each train held. The simplicity only magnifies the horror which the plaques are telling. Very moving.

4  Thank vpoleshuck
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