Part IV – America – Memory and the politics of Identity – Texture of Memory

pg 283 – “Memory is important , letting that memory be sufficiently ambiguous and open-ended so that others can inhabit the space, can imbue the forms with their own memory.” – James Ingo Freed

pg 283 – American is no less guided by both American ideals and experiences of the time … where European memorials located in situ of often suggest themselves rhetorically as the extension of events they would commemorate, those in America must gesture abstractly to past removed in both time and space.

pg 284 – In America, the motives for memory of the Holocaust are as mixed as the population at large, the reasons variously lofty and cynical , practical and aesthetics.

pg 285  The reasons for memory change with every new generation, as well. While the survivors remember themselves and loved ones lost, these children build memorials to remember themselves and loves ones lost, their children build memorials to remember world they knew knew, an act of recovery whereby they locate themselves in a continuous past. Alex Krieger, a child of survivors and professor of architecture active in Boston’s propose memorial, “It’s not for my parents that I pursue this endeavor … This memorial will be for me. Because I was no there, and did not suffer, I cannot remember. Therefore, I very much need to be reminded. This memorial will be for my sixth-month-old daughter, who will need to be reminded even more. It will be for her children who will need to be reminded still more. We must build such a memorial for all the generations to come who, by distance from the actual events and people, will depend on it to active [memory].”

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