The architect Daniel Libeskind created empty spaces in several parts of the building. These so- called voids extend vertically through the entire museum and represent the absence of Jews from German society.
As for the information and resources within the museum, some of the things we experienced were very eye- opening, for instance the reconstruction of a gas chamber we were able to go into and visualise was very moving. The coldness and darkness of the chamber and the echoes of our voices jumping off the concrete walls was quite unnerving and you could really visualise what it would have been like for the jews who experienced death in a place like this. Holes ran in vertical lines at intersections on all walls, where the gas would have been pumped into the room.
Another room we saw which had an intense atmosphere was another gas chamber, this time filled with iron moulds of masked faces, representing the mass of deaths in the holocaust. The installation was composed by israeli artist Menache Kadishman, who calls his installation 'Shalekhet' or 'Fallen Leaves'. He has dedicated the over 10,000 faces covering the floor to all innocent victims of war and violence.