Near the central station of Darmstadt in the federal state of Hesse, there is a memorial to the deportation of Jews and Sinti during 1942 and 1943. This memorial is located on the corner of Bismarckstrasse and Kirschenallee.
The monument was designed in 2004 by the artist couple Ritula Fränkel and Nicholas Morris. It represents a glass cube filled with shards of glass, on which 450 names are engraved. These names represent 3400 persons from Darmstadt and the surrounding area who were deported to various concentration camps.
Unfortunately, three sides of the glass cube were destroyed by vandals on the night of July 9-10, 2006. In 2014 the damage was repaired but six weeks later it was destroyed again. The monument will not be removed but will remain in this historic place.
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- Text: Pieter van Wijngaarden
- Photos: Pieter van Wijngaarden