Bethaniëndwarsstraat 6d 1012 CB Amsterdam
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Notion of absence
Gedenkstätte Bergen Belsen, - mentioned
The most striking experience on the grounds of Bergen-Belsen is one of absence. There are hardly any physical remains left in the idyllic surroundings that can help us to visualize and comprehend its horrifying past. Yet - as we have knowledge of this past - it is this very notion of absence that is so powerfully confronting. It is our belief that this notion of absence should be emphasized in the design of the site. The visitors gain knowledge at the exhibition, and then enter the camp, to be left with this beautiful yet disturbing landscape. It is of essential importance to mark - on the site - the border of the former camp. In order to do so we projected a rampart along the exact contour of it. It rises steeply from the surroundings and has a gentle slope towards the camp terrain.