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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. Using our world travel planner, Berlin attractions like Gleis 17, Grunewald can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • to avoid showing the departures from the Jewish Berliner system convened them in this remote station to the Center. Come and visit this beautiful station by bus, you cross the area off of Grunwald & its beautiful houses & special villas.
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  • It is from the 17 (Gleis 17) track the Grunewald station that 50,000 Jews of Beriln were sent to Theresienstadt, Riga and other concentration camps. A sign says just "Gleis 17" at the level of access to the lanes, it is a disused track, where one left voluntarily push back the vegetation, it is indeed abandoned, just plates with convoys, their date and their destination, remind of these terrible events. So don't forget to exit the station, because there are other monuments: a set of birches that were transplanted forest surrounding AUschwitz for there be replanted here, creating a symbolic link between the place of deportation and the final destination of the Berlin Jews. And also a work of the sculptor Polish Karol Broniatowski, erected in 1991, representing a concrete wall where we guess the men, women and children in low, silhouettes are disappearing as if they sank into the wall. Explanatory panels complement these monuments. The place is so peaceful and beautiful, we have barely imagine terrible events that took place in 1943. The visit is free. There is a café just next door. and the splendid forest of Grunewald.
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  • We thought we'd go for 15-20 minutes just to see the site, but ended up spending more than an hour walking around, taking pictures. Eerie experience, and a peaceful get away from Berlin's city chaos. ...  more »

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