WW2 is the most documented war in our history and there are just so many facts, details and real-life stories that one will come across.
The Sachsenhausen concentration camp is one such example. The first sight of this dull but clean landscape will make you feel indifferent to the space but it is only when you begin to learn about the camp that sadness, grief and misery will begin to creep inside. (I should be surprised if by the end of the tour someone walks out of there unaffected). About the Sachsenhausen camp- it is said that one of Stalin’s son was captured and tortured here (when Stalin refused to acknowledge the man as his son), and who later killed himself by running into the electrically charged fences.
However, what really left an impact on me was the Holocaust Memorial. The site contains 2,711 concrete slabs containing names of atleast 3 million Jews who died (which is half of the total number estimated at the end of the World Wars). All in plain grey colour, the slabs offer no details. One begins to walk amongst these concrete slabs hoping to find something or a reference to the people who died, but instead they find themselves walking in the middle of growing concrete slabs which slowly and steadily also begin to cut out light. Before you know, you will inevitably reach a dark point where it is cold (because of concrete and the gradual slope created), dark (because of tall slabs) and there you are- I saw people and myself included, literally begin to walk in any direction in search of light and come back to the surface.
It is a living experiment - the Architect Peter Eisenman has made a point here.