Trains to Life – Trains to Death

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Trains to Life – Trains to Death
Berlin, Mitte, Dorothea-Schlegel-Platz, Denkmal Züge in das Leben, Züge in den Tod 1938-1945.jpg
The sculpture in 2009. In the foreground are the five children, and in the background are the two children (see article text).
ArtistFrank Meisler
Dimensions225 cm (89 in)
LocationBerlin, Germany
Coordinates52°31′11″N 13°23′16″E / 52.51986°N 13.38773°E / 52.51986; 13.38773Coordinates: 52°31′11″N 13°23′16″E / 52.51986°N 13.38773°E / 52.51986; 13.38773

Trains to Life – Trains to Death is a 2.25 meter outdoor bronze sculpture by architect and sculptor Frank Meisler, installed outside the Friedrichstraße station at the intersection of Georgenstraße and Friedrichstraße, in Berlin, Germany.[1] It is the second in a series of so far five installations also on display near trainstations in London, Hamburg, Gdansk and Hoek van Holland.[citation needed]

The sculpture depicts two groups of children. One group is a pair of children symbolizing those saved by the Kindertransporte, which brought 10,000 Jewish children from soon-to-be Nazi-occuppied countries in Eastern Europe to safety in the United Kingdom and other countries.[2] The other group consists of five children, who represent the 1,600,000 Jewish and non-Jewish children brought by Holocaust trains to the concentration camps and later killed there. Meisler himself was among those saved by the Kindertransporte.[3]

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  1. ^ "Trains to Life – Trains to Death". Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  2. ^ Trains to Life – Trains to Death, Information Portal to European Sites of Remembrance
  3. ^ Train to life/Trains to Death, Friedrichstraße, 6 Million Memorials

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