Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol. Half and Half. Close up.

While away on vacations, I missed two weeks of the WP Photo Challenge. In this post I will share with you my entries for ‘Symbol’, ‘Half and Half’ and ‘Close up’.

All photos were taken in Germany, when we visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

“On March 22, 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a “school of violence” for the SS men under whose command it stood. In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in other camps. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors.

The Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 on the initiative of and in accordance with the plans of the surviving prisoners who had joined together to form the Comité International de Dachau.”


These are my entries for “Symbol”.

The first is the Jewish Memorial, designed by architect Zvi Guttmann. The structure is made of black basalt lava and slopes downward like a ramp.

The railing is reminiscent of the barbed wire that was so ubiquitous in the concentration camp, and together with the ramp imbues the building with symbolism recalling the extermination of European Jewry.

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Jewish Memorial Site
The second entry is a photo taken inside the Jewish Memorial site. At the lowest point, light seeps through an opening in the ceiling.

A menorah with seven branches made of Peki’in marble hovers above the building. In Peki’in, a place in Israel, at least one Jew should always reside, even in the most difficult of times, to symbolize the continuity of Judaism. Inside burns the “Ner Tamid,” the eternal light.

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Menorah
These are my entries for “Half and Half”.

In the first photo is the entry gate to the concentration camp. Two contrasting halves. Outside they were told that this was a reeducation center. Inside, they found torture and death.

ARBEIT MACHT FREI means WORK LIBERATES. They found a different reality inside the camp.

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The second photo is of one of the monuments inside the Memorial site with an inscription.

In one half is an inscription which is a tribute to those who died and those who resisted extermination, as a call for action, for the world to unite and defend peace and freedom.

The other half is made of pebble stones, which may represent the effort we must strive to make so that atrocities against humanity can never happen again.

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These are my entries for “Close up”

The first photo is location number 15 of one of the barracks, where the prisoners ‘lived’ in the concentration camp.

A total of 34 barracks were located on the right and left side of the camp road. The position of these barracks is marked by stone foundations.  There are two barracks at the beginning of the camp road which were reconstructed as part of the Memorial Site.

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Former barrack number 15. 
The second photo is of a plaque on the wall of of the Jewish Memorial Site; a reminder of the holocaust.

The National Socialists reign cost the lives of 6 million Jews.

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Except for photo #3 taken with a point and shoot Canon camera, all other photos were taken with a Olympus E-M10. I converted the photos to black and white in LightRoom, then applied a filter Antique Plate 1 in Silver Efex 2.

 

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Sharing my views and experiences with words and photos - taken with diverse angles - influenced by the multicultural countries I have lived and worked. I studied Psychology and have an MBA. After working for corporates, I became an entrepreneur and consultant. Cycling, hiking, windsurfing, cooking, reading, yoga, writing and photographing, are no longer just hobbies listed in a resume.

54 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol. Half and Half. Close up.

    1. Thank you, Barbara. It’s an impressive site which touches deeply those who visit it. I’d visited another site close to Berlin some years ago, but this one was much bigger.
      Big or small, still haunting.

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      1. Who came up with the idea of a one liter glass?!? It’s way too much and you have to drink it fast, or else it gets warm and dull.
        We spent five days there (my ex booked the tickets) and nearly bored ourselves to death (it was winter and rainy/cold). München is not a place I’ll recommend people to visit. Just got sick and tired of sausages, sauerkraut and beers.

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  1. In the 70’s, I visited a concentration camp and and I think it was Dachau. I’d have to check my journals to remember for certain. But I still remember the feelings engendered by that visit. We must never forget. Your wonderful photos and words reinforce that.

    janet

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      1. I know, I visited Oradour sur Glane, a village massacred by the SS in June 44 (see albums on my blog). And most important is to remember what men is capable of or what happened. In the Vercors in France is a very haunting museum remembering the assault of the SS on the resistance on that plateau. Haunting, hearing in their own words the stories.

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  2. All great entries … I may have to take a page from your book and combine the weekly photos from time to time! Some weeks I just can’t get to it. I visited Auschwitz a few summers ago, and your photos here have brought back that terrible subdued and somber feeling I had there.

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