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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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211 Abramson, Albert 96, 127 Acre 40 Adorno, Theodor 11, 99, 187, 193, 201, 203 Agam, Yaacov 122 Akivah Youth Movement 84 Allenby 19 Architects 70–72, 207 Alter, Roman 55, 207 American: Academy of Diplomacy 96 Democracy 10–11, 14, 18, 91, 100, 112, 115, 124, 127–128, 136, 139, 151 history 94, 112 Institute of Architecture 176 Jewish identity 107, 131 Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 183 Jewry 59, 93–94, 100–101, 192, 205 liberation 95, 104, 119 society 91, 93, 95, 119 soldiers 104, 119 amphitheater 41, 45, 70, 72, 207 Anielewicz, Mordechai 21, 80–81, 87, 208 Annan, Kofi 60 Apel, Dora 12, 187, 201 Appelbaum, Ralph 108 aqueduct 41–42, 49, 54, 58, 61–62, 72, 81–82, 207–208 Arad, Hilik 70 Arad, Itzhak 38–39, 51–52, 59 Arafat, Yasir 94 Arbeit Macht Frei 118 architecture: competition 20, 22–23, 60–61, 70–71, 73, 131, 139, 142, 157–159, 166, 169, 172–173, 175– 177, 179, 191, 197, 201, 209–210 Modern 34–36, 43, 46, 91–92, 99, 114, 152–153, 195, 197, 202, 206 language 17, 43, 91, 105, 107, 112, 130, 136, 152, 176, 192 plan 21, 30, 32–38, 41–43, 48–49, 53, 55, 57, 59– 61, 63, 68–70, 73, 76, 83, 88, 91, 96–98, 104, 120, 126, 133–135, 139, 142–146, 150, 153, 159, 161–162, 167, 169, 176, 180, 183–185, 189, 191, 207–209 style 16, 33–35, 43–44, 46,...

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