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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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  • Jews were deported from platform 17/Gleis 17 during World War 2. This was a very moving visit, reinforced by the inscriptions on the platform that pay tribute to the number of Berlin Jews who...  more »
  • One of the most moving places we visited in Berlin. I have never been to germany before, but I understood that Germany is trying to face it´s past and deal with it. very impressive.  more »
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