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Berlin Holocaust memorial needs repair

Germany’s main Holocaust memorial is in need of repair.

According to reports, one-sixth of the more than 2,700 cement pillars that comprise the memorial have deep cracks. The cracks will be sealed with injections of a plastic filler. The memorial was designed by U.S. architect Peter Eisenman was opened in May 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Uwe Neumärker, director of the Foundation for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, said the problem was an aesthetic one, not structural. The cracks likely were caused by rainwater seeping into the cement and freezing.

But he said another cause could be the construction currently under way at the U.S. Embassy, which is located across the street.

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