A Jew Among the Germans
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germany's "memorial to the murdered jews of europe"
How does a nation of former perpetrators mourn its victims? How does a monument recall the unimaginable? Will this memorial perpetuate the memory of what happened to Europe's Jews, or will it only serve to help bury this darkest of eras? Some of the soul-searching questions addressed in this collection of reviews, analysis and writings on the new national Holocaust memorial designed by Peter Eisenman and built in the center of Germany's restored and reunited capital, Berlin.

 

A Visit to the Memorial (with photographs)
Several days after the memorial officially opened, Peter Rigny, an American citizen and long-time resident of Berlin, and an associate producer on this FRONTLINE film, "A Jew Among the Germans," visited the site. Here he writes of his impressions and presents some the photographs he took.

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Reviews of the New Holocaust Memorial
Six reviews that appeared in American, British and German newspapers assessing architect Peter Eisenman's five and a half acre monument that, from afar, looks like a sea of 2,711 charcoal-colored stone blocks. Visitors can enter from all four sides and lose themselves in the labryrinths as they navigate the narrow paths between the slightly tilted stone blocks, walking on uneven ground beneath their feet. Underground, in the southeast corner of the site, an Information Center provides background on the victims commemorated.

 

A Chronology: 1988 - 2005
An overview of the years of bitter bureaucratic, philosphical and political wrangling over Germany's new national Holocaust memorial that was unveiled May 10, 2005.

 

The National Controversy Over Remembrance and Forgetting
Only a few months before the German Bundestag voted in June 1999 to build the Berlin Holocaust memorial, prominent German writer Martin Walser offered his views on the subject of Holocaust memorials. His statements sparked a firestorm of controversy that lasted for months in Germany. Here is a summary.

 

An Insider's Perspective
James E. Young, the only foreigner and the only Jew to serve on Germany's commission to select the final Holocaust memorial design, writes about what happened after the design that was first selected by the jury in 1995 was resoundingly rejected. Excerpted from Young's book, At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture.

 

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posted may 31, 2005

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