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Tuesday 14, March

Car crashes into Berlin’s holocaust memorial

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, a car fleeing police crashed into Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial.

Berlin’s Holocaust memorial is formed of 2,711 concrete slabs. Photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Tuesday 14, March

On Tuesday, there were 517 new Covid-19 infections reported in Berlin. The seven-day incidence currently stands at 44.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Car accidentally crashes into Berlin’s Holocaust memorial

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, a car carrying three occupants crashed into Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial, damaging the famous monument. At the time of the crash, the driver of the vehicle was fleeing police and, it seems, in the course of his attempted getaway his car left the road and crashed into one of the concrete rectangular blocks of the memorial. Following the accident, the suspects fled the scene on foot, but were later arrested nearby. The car has since been removed from the scene of the accident, but there does appear to be some minor lasting damage to the sculpture.

The official title for the Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial is The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It was inaugurated on 10 May 2005, and consists of 2,711 concrete slabs arranged on a grid pattern on a sloping field in the centre of Berlin, aiming to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with reason.