from the middle east times

April 28, 2006

BERLIN — A memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust in the center of the German capital has attracted 3.5 million visitors in its first year of opening, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday.

While most visitors simply stroll through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a field of 2,700 grey concrete blocks situated near the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag parliament building, more than 500,000 people have also visited an information center at the site.

Fears that the memorial, which is open to the public 24 hours a day, would be a target for vandals and neo-Nazi extremists have proved largely unfounded.

There have been just five cases of swastikas sprayed or scratched onto the blocks, the managers of the site told Der Spiegel.