Holocaust Memorials: The Stolpersteine Controversy
January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and memorials in Germany for holocaust victims are manifold. Since 1996 artist Gunter Demnig has installed over 43,000 personalized bronze plaques—Stoplersteine (stumbling stones)—memorializing Third Reich victims on German sidewalks. You can’t walk far on most German streets without—literally—stumbling over a reminder of what happened here. Unless you live in Munich.
Slow Travel Berlin, photo by Nicolette Stewart
Visit Berlin: Slow Travel Berlin's 100 Favorite Places
Most Berlin guidebooks offer the same list of sights: Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall. But what would a local show you if she had an afternoon to share with a curious stranger? Probably one of the lesser known but not less interesting sites featured in Slow Travel Berlin’s "100 Favorite Places: Berlin."
Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail
In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. In 2004 it was replaced with the Berliner Mauerweg (Berlin Wall Trail), an open space where there was once a closed door, an invitation to movement where movement was once verboten. Slow Travel Berlin’s book "Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall" takes the reader on a walk down this path and collects the stories of the people who authors Paul Scraton and Paul Sullivan meet along the way.