FRANKFURT – The European Central Bank's new headquarters towers over the Main River in Frankfurt, a gleaming symbol of modern Europe. At its base stands a searing reminder of the continent's dark history.
Below the newly built skyscraper, a concrete ramp stretches down into a dark basement. Ten-thousand Jews awaited expulsion to concentration camps from the room between 1941 and 1945.
Men, women and children filed from the basement to the nearby railroad tracks, boarding trains with nothing except deep uncertainty about their future. Others watched the trains pass from a footbridge, many bidding goodbye to loved ones for the last time.