The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

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The Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe causes us to reflect on how the transgressive gesture of architecture puts the issue of balance between the medium and the message into question. The memorial could have been viewed as a way to threaten the importance of remembrance. According to Elke Grenzer, “Architecture itself in a commemorative gesture because it wants to commemorate its action in its present as something that might not be lost in the future.” An abundance of political drama about the memorial almost caused the world to forget the significance of the structure. After the Berlin Wall came down, Germany had to find their own self-identity while memorializing the Jews, which led to a debate on how to successfully move on as a nation. The monument appears to be the preserver of Holocaust memory, however it is the people of Germany and what they created after visiting the memorial that safeguards the Holocaust memory. The Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe avoids giving a full description of Germany’s role in the ‘Final Solution.’ As noted in the article, The Topographies of Memory in Berlin: The Neue Wache and the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, Elke Grenzer pointed out that Germany was responsible for creating a memorial that not only included Germany or Berlin’s Jewry, but also the…
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