Despite the passage of time, the Tower A entrance to the Sachsenhausen Camp Memorial - emblazoned with its infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” lettering - still stands as a threshold to another domain. Missing are the sights, sounds, and smells of casual brutality. Instead of the cramped suffocating architecture of totalitarianism, a vast open field graced with rows of stone markers - where barracks houses once stood - exists in its place.
Constructed by the Nazis, inherited by the Soviet authorities, and transformed into a memorial by the East German government - Sachsenhausen now is a place to pay respects, to reflect, and to bear witness.
To observe the preservation of memory as a vital tool against the tyranny of forgetting.