The Memorial At The Murdered Jews Of Europe

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On May 10, 2005, Berlin officially opened its memorial for the six million Jews whose lives were taken under the Nazi regime during the holocaust. The memorial, entitled “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,” has caused a variety of reactions and issued a larger dispute regarding the method by which disturbing events ought to be honored and exemplified visually. A day before the memorial opened, the NY Times released the review, “A Forest of Pillars, Recalling the Unimaginable,” praising the monument, while The New Yorker’s 2012 review, “The Inadequacy of Berlin’s ‘Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,’” condemned the design. In order to justify their critiques, the authors had to create a criterion by which to judge the memorial. In the NY Times article, Ouroussoff ‘s criteria for acclaiming the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” included the location of the monument and the symbolism it portrayed, as well as how long it affected the audience, and the mood it inflicted on that audience. Ouroussoff commends the memorial’s location, claiming it “could not be more apt. During the war, this was the administrative locus of Hitler 's killing machine. His chancellery building, designed by Albert Speer and since demolished, was a few hundred yards away just to the south; his bunker lies beneath a nearby parking lot”(para. 4). To Ouroussoff, the best location for a memorial is where is has historical ties. In the case of the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,”
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