Holocaust Monument dedication too narrow: Korn

4th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

4 May 2005, BERLIN - A senior Jewish figure in Germany, Salomon Korn, has criticised the sole dedication of the new Holocaust Monument in Berlin to Jewish victims of the Nazis, saying Germany should have commemorated other victims of Nazi crimes at the site too.

4 May 2005

BERLIN - A senior Jewish figure in Germany, Salomon Korn, has criticised the sole dedication of the new Holocaust Monument in Berlin to Jewish victims of the Nazis, saying Germany should have commemorated other victims of Nazi crimes at the site too.

In an article for the Jewish weekly Juedische Allgemeine Wochenzeitung that is to appear on Thursday, he said Germany had missed a chance to erect a memorial that shows the "full scale of the millennial Nazi crime".

Korn, an architect who is deputy president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, has argued since the plans were initiated that the monument should also commemorate other Nazi victims, including Roma, homosexuals, and deserters.

US architect Peter Eisenman designed the field of 2,700 concrete slabs known as 'stelae' that occupies the central Berlin site. The monument is to be inaugurated on 10 May.

Korn said the public interpreted the Holocaust Monument as not just commemorating genocide against the Jews, but also to an increasing degree the entirety of Nazi crimes.

He praised the information centre at the side of the monument, which Berlin added despite Eisenman's misgivings. Korn said he found the information centre to be the site of the monument's greatest expressive power.

DPA

Subject: German news

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