On the corners around the Holocaust Monument in Berlin 4 laser lights
will be ignited. They cross each other high in the night sky. The rays
are subtle small lines of misty beams, a powerful thin illuminated string
that connects earth and heaven. People will be invited to come and enter
the monument with burning memorial lights. For 7 nights the Holocaust
Memorial will be transformed into a Monument of Light.
The Holocaust Monument is a construction of 2700 concrete pillars, designed
by American architect Peter Eisenmann. The blocks vary in size from
50 cm to 4.5 meters in height, with paths in between which only have
the width of one person.
This Holocaust Monument does not have an entrance, no exit, no centre,
and also no feeling of togetherness. Each visitor is left on his own
during his journey through this complex. The all-embracing concrete
evokes an oppressive feeling, loneliness and fear, resembling on that
what the Jews felt during the oppression from the Nazi’s.
A visit will be confronting for each guest, but is an even greater ordeal
for the Germans. Many are conscious of the dark past of their nation
and thus realize their responsibility for the present and future. The
architecture works aggravating on their feelings. The fact that all
concrete pillars also once more are saturated with materials, which
are delivered by a company that also produced the poisonous gas Zyklon-B,
in addition affects the dignity of the monument. The Germans never seem
to forget their own past, that turns out to reappear again and again
in everyday life. That confronts them painfully when they enter the
On the contrary there is a need for more individual assimilation possibilities
that leaves room for a more personal engagement. Besides with stone,
death may also be remembered with light. Let us fill up the Holocaust
Monument with a light of our own that comes from the innermost of our
hearts, expressing hope that there will be a Holocaust on earth never
again. Let us take with us a memorial light, to visualize an active
involvement of our own.
During the Monument of Light visitors will bring a candle for an individual
meditative procession through the Holocaust Monument by themselves.
In this way everybody will become part of a personal and simultaneously
also common purification and inauguration ceremony. The lights will
stay behind, when the visitors leave the monument again. In this way
the Holocaust Monument will be enlightened by thousands of candles and
by positive energy from the individuals who have placed these. A pyramid
of laser light will reinforce this image and will add an extra value
to this monument.
The laser lights should be kindled each year during a whole week, to
let the Memorial of Light return as a remaining event. With the manager
of the Holocaust Monument, the Stiftung für die ermordete Juden
Europas, the possibilities of Memorial of Light are investigated.
Everybody who wants to achieve a Pyramid of Light for peace may contact
the initiators of the Pyramid of Light, Rob
Schrama and Guido