Travel Photo of the Day (February 12)

Today I posted a review of the novel, The Garden of Evening Mists. This story deals with war and how brutal it can be. One of the people who commented said this about war. The “important thing is how the remnants are dealt with. Something must be learned – something positive must be built – then maybe some day wars will be a choice set aside.”

I couldn’t agree more. For today’s photo I decided to show a picture of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, located in Berlin, Germany. This memorial is Germany’s national holocaust memorial. The grey steles vary in size and they represent the six million people killed by the Nazis in concentration camps between the years 1933 and 1945.

Peter Eisenman, the architect, wanted to create a confusing atmosphere. At first glance it looks ordered, but upon further inspection the order doesn’t make sense.


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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26 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (February 12)

  1. Ana Ela says:

    An incredible monument to the holocaust – very grim when inside – especially at night!

  2. petit4chocolatier says:

    A good parallel since it still doesn’t make sense! Many didn’t know what was about to happen to them, they were confused! This was a horrible and devastating part of history where human life was taken. I understand this picture fully,

  3. elisaruland says:

    It seems fitting for this horrible event in history. Very stark and unsettling, it must have been interesting to see in person.

  4. hillarypat says:

    You’re right about the confusing atmosphere. I felt very… strange, for lack of a better word, when I visited.

  5. cheratomo says:

    I’ve heard that if you walk through it, it makes you feel sick. The floor is angled and the way the blocks are oriented make you feel like you’ve lost your way and don’t know where anything is anymore.

    • TBM says:

      I walked through it some, but didn’t feel ill. It is unsettling and confusing. And it makes a point–there was no point. Useless death and destruction.

  6. Myra GB says:

    Oh TBM! I have pictures of this place too when I visited Berlin a few years back. Very powerful, I thought. There was even a flower, I think, in one of those grey steles as you called them. So glad you posted a photo of this one. 🙂

  7. Iamrcc says:

    That’s an amazing memorial. I had no idea until I saw your post. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the like of my post “Snowy Seating”.

  8. lynnsbooks says:

    It just makes me feel sad looking at this.
    Thanks for posting though.
    Lynn 😀

  9. poppytump says:

    Saw this before in December last year TBM in the pouring rain ..bleak..grey ..very moving indeed.

  10. pattisj says:

    So many lives lost. It is hard to fathom.

  11. Fergiemoto says:

    That’s a very interesting configuration – an orderly disorder. Thank you for sharing this.

  12. wordsurfer says:

    Have you been to the Jewish Museum in Berlin? If not, you should definitely go next time you’re there. The main exhibition part is extremely interesting, but before you get there, you go through a sort of tunnel and there are three areas to that first part of the museum. All three are incredibly moving and very shocking, I had very physical reactions to each. One is just an empty cement room, dark grey, open windows very, very high up, like being at the bottom of a well. And the part that symbolizes exile is a little bit like this memorial – it’s an outside area and there are these square pillars, but they are much, much higher than these, two, three, four meters. On the top, trees grow out of them. The really confusing part is that the floor is slanted and the pillars are slanted in different angles – there’s no right angle anywhere. If you walk around for a few minutes, you start feeling seasick and confused and disoriented. Very powerful stuff.
    (sorry for the superlong comment!)

  13. planetlew says:

    I remember visiting this memorial last year, it was raining and amongst the tall concrete blocks you really felt disconnected with the rest of the city (and the world!). Eerie stuff.

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