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The Marble Faces

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The Marble Faces, House of the Wannsee Conference, near Berlin Photograph by © Todd Weinstein.

One of my last stops on my trip to Germany was to meet the group One by One. My friend Martina a member of the group said to me when we visited the House of the Wannsee Conference “Look at how it is written? They used the German language to perfection……..  just look at their eye’s it will tell you everything about them. It’s in their eye’s”.

On January 20, 1942, 15 high-ranking Nazi Party and German government officials gathered at a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss and coordinate the implementation of what they called the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.”
Text from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website:

In this house – a former industrialist’s villa built in 1914-15 and used from 1941 to 1945 by the SS as a conference centre and guest house – on 20 January 1942, fifteen high-ranking representatives of the SS, the NSDAP [Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei] and various ministries met to discuss their cooperation in the planned deportation and murder of the European Jews.

The SS representatives reported to the state secretaries present on the murder campaigns which had been carried out by German Einsatzgruppen in the Soviet Union since August 1941 and on the killing methods already in use.

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What is today referred to as the “Wannsee Conference” was chaired by Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA). His deportation expert Adolf Eichmann drew up a protocol of the meeting, which was found in 1947 in the foreign ministry files. The Wannsee Protocol documents with alarming clarity the plan to murder all European Jews and the active participation of Germany’s public administration in this genocide.

I walked around the House of the Wannsee Conference located on the most beautiful lake which I have visited many time before, but this time I found “The Marble Faces” embedded on the pillars in the main entrance way.

Weinstein is an internationally acclaimed photographer living in New York, he can be emailed at: ionruach at

The Marble Faces, House of the Wannsee Conference, near Berlin Photograph by © Todd Weinstein.

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