Tuesday, September 24, 2013

On a side note

"Horizons" | Photographer: Ben Kelevra, Holocaust Monument, Berlin, Germany, 2011

It has been almost a year that I visited Berlin for the first time in my life in the end of October, 2012 (Gosh, time flies) and it made a huge impact on me. The vicinity of past decades can only compare to Rome - only in Rome we are witnessing ancient history that has faded into greatness in human memory whilst in Berlin terrible events of recent history come into life on every corner. It feels like the present Berlin is still apologizing for the inhumanity that destroyed the city, the country and the continent. 

Even though today's Berlin is a cheerful place (why shouldn't it be? It is no more responsible for all past terrors) we must respect its own way of grief. That is why I am SHOCKED when I see fashion bloggers or Instagrammers posing on pictures between the tombs of the Holocaust memorial. Even though it is a breathtaking piece of art it is there for a horrifying reason. The holocaust memorial is not a place for outfit pictures, for hide and seek or for obstacle jumping games. It is a sacred place in memorial of millions of souls that have been the victims of one of the biggest cruelties in human history. Act accordingly when visiting.

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