Gleis 17 Memorial


Berlin Grunewald S-Bahn Station,


The Gleis 17 Memorial was constructed to commemorate the deportation of Jews via the German railway system during the Nazi regime. The site of the memorial, Grunewald Station, serviced trains carrying Jews between 1941 and 1942. Designed by Hirsch, Lorch, and Wandel, the memorial is composed of 186 cast steel pieces, each bearing the date of a deportation and the number of victims, as well as the starting point and final destination of the train. The steel pieces are arranged chronologically, and grass and plants have been allowed to grow naturally, symbolizing the cessation of rail travel from the station.