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Teutonic Shifts, Jewish Voids

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This article chronicles several visits to Germany's most prominent Holocaust monuments: Peter Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial and Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, both located in Berlin. Juxtaposing memories with observation, the author argues that in the German national imaginary Eisenman's and Libeskind's architecture of abstraction offers a space for ‘wall love’: a certain German nostalgia for the innocence of a history that never was; a longing for the return of the Berlin Wall, that safeguard of German post-war identity.

Keywords: Berlin Wall; Bettina Mathes; Daniel Libeskind; Eisenman Holocaust Memorial; Horst Hoheisel; Irit Rogoff; Jewish Museum; Kurt Naumann; Peter Eisenman; Peter Schneider; The Wall Jumper

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2012

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