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Gleis 17, Grunewald, Berlin

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Solemn and meaningful, the memorial at Gleis 17, Grunewald commemorates the deportation of some 50,000 Jews from this site between 1941 and 1945. At first, the trains departing from here carried their human cargo to the ghettos of Litzmannstadt and Warsaw. But starting in 1942, their route included stops at the Auschwitz and Theresienstadt concentrations camps. Regardless of their destination, most of the trains departed from the historic track 17. The monument now standing in this spot was opened in 1998 and is made up of 186 steel bars embedded in the gravel along the track. These bars refer to the number of transports that left Berlin. Inscribed on them are the dates of departures, the number of deportees, and the train's ultimate route. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gleis 17, Grunewald by using our Berlin trip builder.
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  • A very humbling experience. The WW2 site of where many Jews left on transport to concentration camps. It is a very simple, but powerful memorial site.  more »
  • The track 17 is a silent and somewhat hidden place of remembrance. Many Berliners do not know him. This is probably because it occurs so often in the media and in discussions such as the Memorial to the murdered Jews at the Brandenburg Gate. Something off the beaten track in the Grunewald is yet easy to reach, this Memorial is for Grunewald is located directly on the s-Bahn station. In the almost unobtrusive form, it reminds of the deportation to the Nazi - and it is very urgent. Whether you here combines a trip with a walk in the Grunewald or vice versa. It's worth visiting this place anyway.
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  • ... the people who have been removed from here, already suffered what suffering and had first and foremost ahead of her. A sad place.
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