Berlin Holocaust monument to openon 60th anniversary of V-E Day

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6 May 2004 , BERLIN - Berlin's long-delayed Holocaust monument is now on schedule toward a formal opening on the 60th anniversary of the surrender of Germany a year from now, an official said Thursday. Nearly half of the 2,751 stone blocks arrayed like dominoes around the open-air site have been installed, said Hans-Erhard Haverkampf, head of the memorial foundation. "We are confident it will be finished in time for the 60th anniversary of V-E Day next May 8," he said. Costing about EUR 30 million, the Hol

6 May 2004

BERLIN - Berlin's long-delayed Holocaust monument is now on schedule toward a formal opening on the 60th anniversary of the surrender of Germany a year from now, an official said Thursday.

Nearly half of the 2,751 stone blocks arrayed like dominoes around the open-air site have been installed, said Hans-Erhard Haverkampf, head of the memorial foundation.

"We are confident it will be finished in time for the 60th anniversary of V-E Day next May 8," he said.

Costing about EUR 30 million, the Holocaust memorial will be the size of two football fields and include a small underground history museum.

It is being built in downtown Berlin close to the 18th Century Brandenburg Gate almost atop the bunker where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler committed suicide in 1945 rather than face capture by the Red Army.

Construction of the memorial only began in April 2003 - several years later than planned - because securing and checking the site for unexploded munitions took longer than expected and there were last minute wrangles over project costs.

DPA

Subject: German news

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