Updated: Oct 2, 2022
Grunewald station is a train station from the late 19th-century. The Nazis used platform 17 to deport more than 50,000 Jews to Lodz, Riga, and Warsaw ghettos, later directly to Auschwitz and Terezin concentration camps.
The German Rail Company didn't acknowledge its part in the Jews' persecution until the 1980s. Then, an evangelist women group erected the first memorial in 1987, followed by another memorial plaque.
In 1991 the district council displayed another monument.
In 1998 the German Rail Company itself finally unveiled the central memorial with the details of all the deportations trains, the number of deported Jews, the dates of the deportations, and the destinations.