The Anonymous Widower

A Trip To Berlin-Grunewald Station

Berlin-Grunewald station is not far from Berlin-Spandau on the S-Bahn.

According to my easyJet guide. it is a pleasant place to walk and you might even see wild boar.

But I went to pay my respects at Gleis 17.

Wikipedia says this about the infamous platform.

Starting on 18 October 1941 the adjacent goods station until February 1945 was one of the major sites of deportation of the Berlin Jews. The trains left mainly for the ghettos of Litzmannstadt and Warsaw, and from 1942 directly for the Auschwitz and Theresienstadt concentration camps. On 18 October 1991 a monument was inaugurated at the ramp leading to the former freight yard. The Deutsche Bahn had a memorial established on 27 January 1998 at the historic track 17 (“Gleis 17”), where most of the deportation trains departed.

I wonder how many of the Jews from Germany, with whom I share a common ancestor perished in the various ghettos and camps.

Gleis 17 is a sombre place and there was only one other visitor; a German actor.

February 12, 2018 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

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