Access is via the historic building next door which used to be the Berlin Museum. All
visitors are subject to airport-style security.
Once inside the way leads down a flight of stairs and into a subterranean passageway taking you up into the museum. There are three or corridors or 'axes' symbolising the Jewish experience. Axes terminate in the Garden of Exile and the Holocaust Tower, a tall empty shaft symbolising isolation through imprisonment.
At the rear of the complex is another empty space with an installation by Menashe Kadishman entitled 'Fallen leaves'. The floor is covered by circular metal pieces each with a face symbolising a person who died through prejudice and inhumanity. Leaves allude to death but also rebirth and the coming of spring. Visitors are invited to walk on the metal pieces, causing deafening vibrations to echo against the concrete walls of the shaft.
At the top of a long flight of stairs the main display begins, with conventional-type museum exhibits taking you from the earliest origins of Jewish people in Europe down to the Holocaust and to present day.
The Jewish Museum is a thought- provoking place which most visitors will not forget easily. It's a must-see attraction for any visitor to Berlin.
The Berlin Jewish Museum website at www.jmberlin.de.
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