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Constructing Memory

Architectural Narratives of Holocaust Museums

Stephanie Rotem

This book reveals the critical role of architecture in the assimilation of the ideologies and values conveyed at Holocaust museums around the world. Through the architectural analysis of sixteen museums, social, cultural and political agendas will be unfolded.
While the distance in time and place raises the need to create innovative forms of display to reach an audience removed from the Holocaust, the degree to which this can be done by the museums’ exhibits alone is limited. This book shows that architecture, as an abstract form of expression, plays a major role in the conception of Holocaust museums. By conveying values that cannot otherwise be expressed, the museums’ architecture becomes integral to its narrative and, through it, to the construction of collective memories of the Holocaust.

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207 List of Illustrations 1.1 Munio Weinraub-Gitai, sketch of memorial, 1943 [Hashomer Hatzair Archives Yad Yaari, Givat Haviva, (3)17.3– 95]; Mausoleo di Teodorico, Ravenna, Italy, 520 AD [Wikimedia Commons]. 1.2 Munio Weinraub-Gitai, sketch of memorial, 1943, plan [Hashomer Hatzair Archives Yad Yaari, Givat Haviva, (3)17.3–95]; interior [Hashomer Hatzair Archives Yad Yaari, Givat Haviva, (3)17.3–95]. 1.3 Weinraub-Mansfeld, Neve Ilan Plan, 1947 [Hashomer Hatzair Archives Yad Yaari, Givat Haviva, (3)17.3–95]. 1.4 Weinraub-Mansfeld-Elhanani-Sharon, Ramat Rachel Plan, 1948 [Hashomer Hatzair Archives Yad Yaari, Givat Haviva, (3)17.3–95]. 1.5 Elhanani-Sharon, Yad Vashem, model, 1956 [Hashomer Hatzair Archives Yad Yaari, Givat Haviva, (3)17.3–95]. 1.6 Yad Vashem History Museum: memorial exhibition at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum [National Photo Collection, Photographer: Moshe Milner, 1972] a tunnel symbolizing the sewers of the Warsaw [National Photo Collection, Photographer: Moshe Milner, 1972]. 1.7 The first exhibit displayed at the GFH, on the subject of the Holocaust, 1949 [GFH Photo Archives]. 1.8 Shmuel Bickels, sketches of the aqueduct at Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot, not dated [Bickels Archive, Ein Harod Art Museum]; the GFH and amphitheater, not dated [The GFH Photo Archives, Photographer: Harry Deutsch]. 1.9 Shmuel Bickels, the GFH, plan of stage III, late 1960s [Bickels Archive, Ein Harod Art Museum]. 1.10 The GFH, façade [Photographer: S. Rotem]. 1.11 Shmuel Bickels, the GFH, detail of pleated wall, not dated [Bickels Archive, Ein Harod Art Museum]. 1.12 Shmuel Bickels, the GFH, sketch, 1957 [Bickels Archive, Ein Harod Art Museum]. 1.13 The entrance hall...

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