Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names

Amsterdam, The Netherlands Completed

Situated along the Weesperstraat, an important axis within the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names is adjacent to the Hermitage Museum, East of the Diaconie’s verdant Hoftuin garden and café, just a stone’s throw from the Amstel River and in close proximity to important Jewish cultural institutions such as the Jewish Historical Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue. The 1,550 square meter memorial incorporates four volumes that represent the letters in the Hebrew word לזכר meaning “In Memory of”. The volumes are arranged in a rectilinear configuration on the north-south axis of the main thoroughfare Weesperstraat and the…

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Tree of Life

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania In design

Designed by Studio Libeskind, in collaboration with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative of Pittsburgh, the reimagined approximately 45,000 sq. ft. building at the corner of Shady and Wilkins Avenues in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood will house a new national institution encompassing a museum, center for education and a planned memorial honoring the 11 people from three congregations – Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, New Light Congregation and Congregation Dor Hadsash – killed in the attack on October 27, 2018. Central to the design concept is the “Path of Light,” a dramatic skylight that will run the entire length of the building. The glazed…

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Tikva – Jewish Museum Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal In design

Entitled Tikva, which means Hope in Hebrew, the Jewish Museum Lisbon will portray the history of the Jewish presence in the territory that is now Portugal, namely in Lisbon, and will share the contribution of the Jews by showing that the Jewish heritage is an indissoluble part of the country’s history. It intends to preserve and divulge Jewish memory and experience and to value cultural differences, thus promoting inter-religious integration. The Museum will be located in Belém of Lisbon, Portugal and is currently in design.

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Museum of Jewish Heritage – Live Storytelling Event: Stories of Regeneration from the Second Generation

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Museum of Jewish Heritage hosted a live storytelling event of children of Holocaust survivors recollecting what it was like to grow up in the shadow of the Shoah. Storytellers included Daniel Libeskind, architect; Joseph Berger, former New York Times reporter and author of Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust; Esther Perel, therapist and author; Sam Norich, publisher, Jewish Daily Forward; Museum Trustee Jack Kliger, chairman/CEO, British Heritage Magazine; Ruth Lichtenstein, publisher, Hamodia, founder/director Project Witness; Eva Fogelman, psychologist, author, filmmaker, and co-director of the International Study of…

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Through the Lens of Faith

Oświęcim, Poland Completed

Through the Lens of Faith is an outdoor installation designed in association with the Amud Aish Memorial Museum that is installed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oswiecim, Poland.  The temporary installation is composed of 21 color portraits taken by Caryl Englander of Jewish, Polish Catholic and Sinti survivors of the camp. The photographs were taken over a course of three years. Caryl Englander selected her subjects from survivor networks associated with the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn.  Englander captures her subjects intimately, in their homes, many look directly into the lens—often with their sleeve rolled up to reveal…

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Danish Jewish Museum

Copenhagen, Denmark Completed

Located in one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen in Denmark, the Danish Jewish Museum is housed in a former 17th-century boathouse and library built by King Christian IV. Studio Libeskind designed the new interior space, while preserving the historic building. Visitors enter into a dynamic and exhilarating structure which offers a seamless organization of the artifacts and the path of the visitor. The entire building has been conceived as an adventure, both physical and spiritual in tracing the lineaments that reveal the intersection of different histories and the dynamics of Jewish Culture and its unfolding in contemporary life. Studio…

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