Photograph of the week: Neue Wache

The Neue Wache lies on the famous Unter den Linden street in Berlin. It looks like a classical building but only dates back to 1815, when it was built as a guardhouse for the soldiers of the crown prince of Prussia. In 1931, Neue Wache was transformed into a memorial for German victims of World War I. Since then it has undergone several restorations and transformations following important events in the city’s history, but it has always remained a place to commemorate the victims of war and violence. The interior of the building currently consists of one large room that receives light only from an oculus, with in the center the statue “Mother with her dead son” by the artist Käthe Kollwitz, who lost her son during World War I.

Neue Wache

Thank you to Sofie Couwenbergh of Wonderful Wanderings for permission to reproduce the image.

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  1. Andrew Scott says:

    Fantastic photo, Paul. Of all the monuments I had a chance to encounter while living in Berlin, this was perhaps the most moving. I don’t have any children myself, but I can only imagine the pain that the millions of parents had after losing their children to battle. As for Kollwitz herself, she’s an incredibly underrated artist whose works should be a reminder of the horrors of war.

  2. Richard Eldred Hawes says:

    We must never forget those who died for use to live on all sides of a conflict and there have been millions that we need to remember

  3. Maya Russell says:

    A brilliant photo. I love the lighting, greyness and colour with the man’s head bowed and thinking or reflecting on something.

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