The Jewish Memorial was a very emotional experience, the sheer density of the whole space it occupied was astonishing and the realisation of the amount of deaths this represented was something i will never forget. The wavy ground which you walked on whilst in this abyss of concrete stelae emphasised just how far this memorial stretched, the farther you wondered into it the taller the pillars seemed to become and the smaller and more powerless (like the feeling of a jew in a concentration camp) i felt. No doubt the designer Peter Eisenman (http://www.eisenmanarchitects.com/, internationally known architect based in New York) thought about how claustrophobic and weak its viewer's would feel whilst designing this. Having such a strong feeling of this myself when walking through, makes this an unforgettable experience.
"The enormity and scale of the horror of the Holocaust is such that any attempt to represent it by traditional means is inevitably inadequate ... Our memorial attempts to present a new idea of memory as distinct from nostalgia ... We can only know the past today through a manifestation in the present" (Peter Eisenman, 1998)