The Foundation was established in 2000 in order to construct the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the associated Information Center in Berlin. The work of the Foundation is also intended to perpetuate the memory of other groups victimized by National Socialism.
The decision by the German Bundestag to establish the memorial was preceded by an intensive process of discussion over the span of many years. A citizen's initiative organized by the journalist Lea Rosh and the historian Eberhard Jäckel had been campaigning since 1988 for the Memorial. In 1999, the German Bundestag approved the plan for a field of pillars based on the design drafted by the New York architect Peter Eisenman.
The Memorial will consist of more than 2,700 concrete pillars of varying height on corrugated ground. The Information Center adjacent to the Memorial will house an exhibition on the victims honored, with information about the historical sites of the crimes.
The Youth Web Page documents the fate of five children and teenagers who, for differing reasons, became victims of National Socialism. If you click on the frame, you can learn more about them.
The Foundation
The Decision
The Memorial
Youth Web Page
Zur Jugendwebsite