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Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust

Gavriel Rosenfeld, Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2011)

Building After Auschwitz describes how in the years since the end of World War II, Jewish architects have shed their reputation as chronic underachievers and risen to unprecedented international prominence. Whether as modernists, postmodernists, or deconstructivists, architects such as Louis I. Kahn, Richard Meier, Moshe Safdie, Robert A. M. Stern, Stanley Tigerman, Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, and Frank Gehry have made pivotal contributions to postwar architecture. They have also decisively shaped Jewish architectural history, as many of their designs have been directly influenced by Jewish themes, ideas, and imagery.

In explaining the origins of this “new Jewish architecture,” Rosenfeld points to important shifts in Jewish memory and identity since the Holocaust, seeing as particular catalysts the rise of postmodernism, multiculturalism, and Holocaust consciousness. Based on extensive archival research and interviews with leading architects, this richly illustrated volume provides an important new perspective on Jewish culture in the post-Holocaust world.

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