Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Denkmal für die im Nationalsozialismus Ermordeten Sinti und Roma / Memorial for the Murdered Gypsies

Today, a memorial to murdered Sinti and Roma ("Gypsies") was unveiled in Berlin. Under Nazism, an estimated 250,000 - 500,000 gypsies perished. Located near the Reichstag, the memorial is a circular pool of black water with a triangular stone at its center. Every week or so, a rose will be laid on the stone and left to wither. 

Designed by the Israeli artist Dani Karavan, the memorial chronicles the genocide of the Sinti and Roma. Nearby is the inscribed poem "Auschwitz" by Santino Spinelli.

The poem reads:
Sunken Face/ Extinct Eyes/ Cold Lips/ Silence/ One Torn Heart/ Without Breath/ No Words/ No Tears.
Berlin already has memorials for persecuted Homosexuals (100,000) and Jews (6 million).

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