A reflection on the holocaust memorial in Berlin.
Stelae - In Berlin
by James Mercer
James Mercer visited the Stelae in Berlin, The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, an installation designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. James offers these reflections on the installation and the events it embodies.
Disjuncture. Finite. Dissolution.
Visceral. Arbitrary. Void.
Systematic. Organised. Stacked.
Disappeared. Peripheral. Disorientation.
Planned. Industrial. Purposed.
Glimpsed. Lost. Ghosts.
Deliberate. Indelible. Destruction.
Inter. Tracked. Intent.
Stagger. Gap. Shadow.
Process. Intrusion. Prevarication.
Sun. Flicker. Sky.
Scorch. Ashen. Scatter.
Systemic. Indelible. Schockieren.
Alltäglich. Nihilistic. Abased.
Enclose. Deceive. End.
Dystopian. Ruptured. Dysfunction.
The Stelae in Berlin. Remembering the Holocaust
'It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say'
James Mercer is the Vicar of All Saints’, Harrow Weald in the Willesden Area of the Diocese of London. He has been chair of trustees and co-founder of a ‘drop in’ cafe serving disadvantaged young people in a city centre and the founder of a Forest School working with marginalised young people in West London.