Beth Olamin or Bet Olam is the Hebrew word for cemetery, meaning house of eternity. Unlike Christian cemeteries, the ground where the dead are buried should not be disturbed and graves should not be cleared. This means, that jewish cemeteries from the day of their inauguration, are keeping the memory of every community member for all times and are eternally growing. Eternally growing at least is not true for this sacred ground situated in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The first burial here was probably in 1586, the last in 1936. Jewish life was nearly extinct from the region before and during WW2.
It’s this history of course which is on my mind when letting the special atmosphere of this place resonate with my small self in this vast forest and fields in the middle of nowhere far outside the village. But as well something more. Eternity is beautiful and visible here and makes me reflect on evanescence and being reclaimed by and becoming eternal nature one time.
During and after WW1 the Ottoman Empire or more exactly the Young Turks (a turkish reformist and nationalist political party active in the early 20th century) systematically killed up to 1,5 Million Armenians in a genocide. This memorial was build during Soviet times in 1967 in response to the 1965 Yerevan demonstrations to remember the victims. […]
Seventy-six years ago, on the 20th January 1942, some high-ranking representatives from the National Socialist administration met here under the direction of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich to plan the deportation and murder of 11 Million Jews all over Europe. The protocol written by Adolf Eichmann was found 1947 in a foreign ministry file and clearly documents the […]
You know it before visiting the building only by seeing it from far: Romanias former socialist dictator and principal of this building, Nicolae Ceaușescu, was mad. Worldwide the second biggest administrational building directly after the Pentagon. 65.000 m², 5.000 rooms, 480 chandeliers, 150.000 bulbs, 52.000 m² carpets, 2.000 km of electric lines, 1.000.000 m³ marble from […]
We went there on a Saturday in August. When we hit the road to do the 100km from Kraków it started to rain heavily and the photographer in me thought – all while thinking this thought is completely inappropriate – that this would be the adequate weather to take some classical shots from this dark […]
I had a really nice saturday and so I was in a good mood for a sunday hike. Unfortunately that disposition changed with approaching my goal. In 1936, Joseph Goebbels, at the time Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany and one of Hitlers closest associates, was given for his birthday a small property on […]