Fallen leaves

The Jewish memorials and museums in Berlin provide an effective antidote to the circus that Auschwitz has become. My friend Mick who had visited Auschwitz first, was particularly moved by Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum which uses architecture to disorientate people and several voids to remind them of the enormity of the crime. The displays are largely about people, intimate, focussing on the tragedy of individual lives rather than the horror.  

But there are moments of horror too, such as experiencing the Fallen Leaves installation by Menashe Kadishman.

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1 Response to “Fallen leaves”


  1. 1 OS. May 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum was, to me, the final chapter on a journey of trying to understand the horrors of The Holocaust. Of course I will never understand the true horrors but Libeskind’s genius is as near as I ever will. In my very humble opinion, it’s important to study the holocaust this way: read as many books as one can to understand the situation; watch genuine film footage of what happened; visit a death camp; arrive at a conclusion and then go to Libeskind’s museum in Berlin; walk through the museum and make the last event there a visit to the Holocaust Tower. The vast emptyness of that void is the answer. The final solution.


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