(Berlin, GERMANY) – I saved the Holocaust memorial in Berlin for my last day there.
There are two sections to the area: the rectangular stones on top, and a museum underneath. As I approached the memorial, I noticed some bright red balloons.
I ventured into the memorial, searching for them.
A few minutes later, the young man accompanying the model and the photographer approached me and gave me his card. He asked me if I could send them the pictures I took. I said I would and asked him what the shoot was for. He said it was for Valentine’s Day.
This was on February 19th.
The card has a website link. It takes me to a site for a model named Marina Wenk.
Berlin’s a big town. I think Frau Wenk could have found a better place to promote herself.
The underground museum is, in my opinion, the most powerful Holocaust museum I have been to. It is small, not as overwhelming with information like Yad Vashem, and very painful to walk through. I found my heart pounding near the end.
In the last room of the museum, I saw the blonde German girl with the earphones in the picture above sitting on a bench and sobbing.
That’s when I started to choke up myself, rushed to the exit, opened the door, and took a deep breath of the freezing Berlin air.