Photographer's Note

This was taken on Friday as I walked the streets of Berlin awaiting the Love Parade weekend.
It has been a long time coming.

An few paragraphs regarding this new memorial from The Times:

Berlin, Germany, Jul. 13 (UPI)
-- Construction of the vast Holocaust memorial in central Berlin is progressing on schedule and should be done in time for commemoration next May.

Now in its 15th year from concept to construction, workers have erected nearly half of the 2,751 concrete slabs that are laid out to resemble a Jewish cemetery on a site the size of two soccer fields.

The inauguration is scheduled for May 8, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, and will acknowledge more than 6 million Jews killed in Nazi death camps.

Reviewing the progress Monday, Wolfgang Thierse, speaker of the German parliament, praised the work, saying it served as " a reminder that we should resist anti-Semitism at its roots."

The project has not been without controversy, The Times of London said. As a measure to prevent spray-painted hate messages by neo-Nazis, the slabs have been coated with a special anti-graffiti spray. However, the spray is manufactured by the German company Degussa, which also manufactured the Zyklon B gas used in death camps by the Nazis.

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