Haunting, dark, and cold is the best way to describe the 4.2 acres that hold rows upon rows of 2,711 concrete slabs that are arranged in a grid pattern. They create a maze of overwhelming sadness. The location is where the Berlin Wall previously towered, as a constant reminder to the division of the city. The memorial tastefully recognizes the somber and horrific events of Germany's past.
The building began in 2003 and was opened to the public in 2005. Not everyone in the public has responded appropriately though. The memorial was recently gaining recognition for the selfies that many have taken there which was followed by the tag #yolocaust to shame this type of behavior. From my personal experience I also noticed people taking videos of them jumping from one stone to the other. I felt this was inappropriate and would cause deterioration in the memorial. Once I exited the memorial I noticed rules that were posted for the memorial and it specifically asked people not to do this. The lack of respect for the memorials and the concentration camps by tourists is unsettling and I hope that those who act that way come to understand why their actions are out of line.