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In The Monument

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World renowned architect Daniel Libeskind (Jewish Museums in Berlin, Copenhagen, San Francisco), prolific scholar James E. Young (The Texture of Memory, Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust), museum designer Ralph Appelbaum (US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Canadian Museum for Human Rights), visual artist Esther Shalev-Gerz (Hamburg-Harburg Monument Against Fascism) and many other knowledgeable artists, designers, and educators share their thoughts on the history and the future of Holocaust memorialization. Presenting the last stage of the design competition for the Canadian Holocaust Monument and six shortlisted proposals, we get behind the scenes of what it’s like to represent the Holocaust with art and design.

IN THE MONUMENT examines the evolution of Holocaust inspired monument building in the last 70 years. With the help of world famous artists, scholars, architects we get to explore how to make monuments last or is the timelessness just an illusion. Monuments, just like other pieces of public art, need to evolve and be ready for change. What makes one monument speak for centuries and others disappear without a trace?

Additional contributors include:
SAMUEL BAK- Holocaust Survivor and World renowned painter
JEFFREY KOERBER-Holocaust History Fellow at Chapman Univ.
GAIL DEXTER LORD - Museum Planner
GILLES SAUCIER -Architect
DANIEL ROEHR - Landscape Architect
MICHAEL BERENBAUM - Professor of Jewish Studies
MIRIAM KATIN -Holocaust Survivor and Graphic Artist
ROBERT KLEYN - Architect, Visual Artist, Writer
HOSSEIN AMANAT - Architect
LES KLEIN - Architect
ALAN SCHWARTZ - Director, Landscape Architecture Firm
CARLA SWICKERATH - CEO Studio Libeskind
CLAUDE CORMIER - Landscape Architect
JANET ROSENBERG - Landscape Architect
JULIAN BONDER - Architect, Professor at Rogers Williams Univ.
DR. MARK KRISTMANSON -National Capital Comission, Ottawa
DOV GOLDSTEIN - Lord Cultural Resources
IRENE SZYLINGER - Art Strategies

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Boris Ivanov’s documentary focuses on the challenges faced in the design and construction of the Canadian Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. Part of the challenge involves the uncomfortable acknowledgment of Canada’s refusal to accommodate Jewish refugees trying to flee Hitler’s Germany prior to the outset of World War II. Canada was the last of the Allied nations to incorporate a Holocaust memorial in its capital, and one question involves how at this late date do you create a structure devoted to the most horrific event of the 20th century? Another facet lies in considering how the lessons of the Holocaust were ignored by the world when facing genocides in Africa and Asia, a particularly thorny observation given that many Jewish survivors correctly see the Holocaust as the Nazis’ attempt to annihilate Europe’s Jews, but do not view it within the context of other genocides.This documentary does raise interesting questions and should be considered a strong optional purchase. Aud: C, P. (P. Hall) - Video Librarian

"Filmmaker Boris Ivanov’s documentary tracing the evolution of the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada, is a film about the creative process of gifted architects, designers, artists, and museum curators. Set against the backdrop of a 2013 national design competition in Canada to create a memorial to honor Holocaust victims and survivors, this intriguing film allows us to see representatives from six finalist teams discussing their proposals and displaying three-dimensional models and digital images. The finalists talk about the purpose of monuments and museums and delve into the special role of Holocaust memorials and tributes." — Carol Holzberg - Booklist


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