"Take me out with the railroad,
Pick me out of the crowd.
Rob me of piano and artifacts --
My neighbors don't care if I NEVER come back
For they root-rooted for the Nazis...
Now they're killing us --
It's a shame!
Three strikes you're out
In the Third Reich Game." (©Ari Kloke, 2008)
On this day 79 years ago, the first one-thousand-two-hundred-and-fifty-one Jewish human beings of all ages were deported "to the East" from Berlin's Grunewald Station / Memorial Track 17.
Memorial Track 17
Berlin guide and guest gaze at contemplative youth traversing deportation track (2014).
Day.Month.Year / Number of Jews / Origination / Final Destination
One steel plate for each transport. White roses laid in commemoration (2015).
The Fate of Human Freight
Imagine being forced to take a three mile walk with your baggage to catch your train.
Many of the approximately 55,000 Jews deported from Berlin hoofed it under duress across town from collection centers to departure points.
The memorial at Berlin's Levetzowstrasse, the site of a former synagogue turned into an involuntary assembly point, depicts humans as freight.
Who Did This Happen To?
Who Were "Those Jews?"
Making Meaning at Memorial Track 17
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way." -- Dr. Viktor Frankl, M.D.