Just before capturing this image, I had left the "Documentation Centre", turned left, and stood in this spot staring at these rocks with my mouth open. I had to wipe a tear from my eye before shooting this.
The Documentation Centre is a museum built (in 2001) into the upper North West corner of Congress Hall. It's has a walking audio tour which takes you through the years before and up to the rise and fall of Hitler and the Nazi party. One thing that really struck me hard nearing the end of the walking tour was the British woman they used for recording the English version of the audio. She breezed through a section where she was talking about one of the Nazi mantras "Extermination through Labour" (Vernichtung durch Arbeit) where the average human interned in a concentration camp had a life expectancy of 4 months. She quickly went trough a list of forced labour tasks; rock quarrying got special attention as she took extra time to describe the "back-breaking" (literally) tasks moving quarried stones from the quarry to transportation vehicles. For some reason, the task of rock quarrying landed on me, and was stuck in my mind.
But it wasn't until I left the Documentation Center and ran across these quarried granite pieces not put into place on the unfinished Congress Hall that this REALLY landed on me. Some were broken and perhaps discarded like the lives of those who quarried and moved them. The size of these stones. Their weight. I suddenly realized that this massive complex (Congress Hall), Zeppeline Field (across the lake), the Great Road (to the south of Congress Hall and Zeppelin Field), and most everything I'd been in amazement of on this site for the majority of the day had been built with the lives of innocent people...
These magnificent stone pieces made me realize the enormity of the crimes of the Nazi Party.
I felt sick to my stomach for the rest of my visit to the site.
There is no plaque or marker on or around these stones. This is such a subtle "parting lesson" - I would have missed it had I turned right instead of left, or not listened to that section of the audio tour, or had the audio not struck a cord with me at that time. How many have left the Documentation Center and not made the connection? The tour busses load and unload on the right of the entrance way - how many haven't even been given the opportunity to see these?
Photo Editing Note: I struggled with giving this image a massive "sinister" look while editing it. In the end I chose this close to realistic treatment to not take away from the enormity of the crimes committed by the Nazi Party.