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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 45, October 23, 2005, Article 13

LOST LIBRARY AS A SYMBOL

Yossi Dotan writes: "The story in last week's E-Sylum on the
library of old books in Nepal that was completely sealed reminded
me of the Jewish Museum at the Judenplatz (Jews Square) in
Vienna, Austria.

On the square in front of the museum is the very impressive
Memorial to Austrian Holocaust Victims. As told in an article
"The Virtual Jewish History Tour  Vienna" by Rebecca Weiner
on the website Jewish Virtual Library (A Division of The
American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise),

"Unveiled in 2000, the reinforced concrete cube resembles a
library of 7,000 volumes turned inside out. The doors are locked
and the books face inwards. The base of the memorial has the
names of the places where 65,000 Austrian Jews were murdered
by the Nazis. Created by British artist Rachel Witeread, the
memorial's barred room and books that cannot be read represent
the loss of those who were murdered."

To read the full text, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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