Berlin: Jüdisches Museum

27 March 2014

Architecturally appeasing, The Jüdisches (Jewish) Museum in Berlin was designed in part by architect Daniel Libeskind.  The building complex includes the old building (Baroque in style), the Libeskind building, a Garden of Exile and Holocaust Tower.
The Old Building 
The Libeskind Building
The Holocaust Tower
Inside the Libeskind building, there is a zigzagged outline of a broken Star of David with sharp corners and pathways that can cause a sense of alienation and confusion. On the lower ground floor there are the axes (axis of the holocaust, axis of exile, holocaust tower and garden of exile). Personal documents, momentos and photographs are exhibited throughout the axes.


On the ground floor, you'll find the haunting Memory Void which contains an instalment by Menashe Kadishman entitled, "Shalekhet" (Fallen Leaves).
 Making your way up towards the permanent exhibit, you'll be interested to see the staircase which leads nowhere. This is a theme common throughout the exhibition of empty spaces - "voids".
There are also two "trees" throughout the museum where visitors might share their opinions.
 After visiting the axes referencing the Holocaust, you'll need a less intense hour or so and that is where the permanent exhibit comes in handy with a chronological history of the Jews in Berlin starting in 950.
The National Socialism (1933-1945) exhibit is appropriately haunting and testifying.
 
In conclusion, the museum's exhibit focuses on the Jewish community in present day Berlin.
More then 100,000 Jews live in Berlin today and lest we forget and relive the horrors of the past, a visit to the Jüdisches Museum is well worth the visit. The history and architecture are rich at the museum.

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