Berlin must-sees: Neue Wache memorial

22 08 2007

The Neue Wache (on Unter den Linden 4) is the first building Karl Friedrich Schinkel built in Berlin, and is considered one of the main works of German Classicism.

Neue Wache Front.

The building served as the main guard house and the royal guard house until the end of the monarchy in 1918. In 1930-1 it was altered to become a memorial for the fallen of WW1. It was damaged in WW2, and in the late 1950s was reconstructed as a memorial for the victims of Fascism and Militarism.After the unification, it was transformed again (in 1993) into the central official Federal memorial site for the “victims of war and tyranny”. The center of the chamber is now occupied by the enlarged sculpture “Mother with dead son” by Käthe Kollwitz.

Mother with dead son.

Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00.

Source of “Neue Wache front” picture.
Source of “Mother and Dead Son statue” picture.


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One response to “Berlin must-sees: Neue Wache memorial”

13 11 2008
lo (23:21:38) :

This sculpture apparently represents the the sculptor’s own personal grief from losing her family to war. During WWI, she allowed her youngest son to join the military before he became old enough to legally join on his own, and he died. Later during WWII, both her other son and husband were drafted into the military, and they both died.

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