Building After Auschwitz
Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust
The first major study to examine the rise to prominence of Jewish architects since 1945 and the connection of their work to the legacy of the Holocaust
Since the end of World War II, Jewish architects have risen to unprecedented international prominence. Whether as modernists, postmodernists, or deconstructivists, architects such as Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Louis I. Kahn, Daniel Libeskind, Richard Meier, Moshe Safdie, Robert A.M. Stern, and Stanley Tigerman have made pivotal contributions to postwar architecture. They have also decisively shaped Jewish architectural history, as many of their designs are influenced by Jewish themes, ideas, and imagery. Building After Auschwitz is the first major study to examine the origins of this "new Jewish architecture."
Historian Gavriel D. Rosenfeld describes this cultural development as the result of important shifts in Jewish memory and identity since the Holocaust, and cites the rise of postmodernism, multiculturalism, and Holocaust consciousness as a catalyst. In showing how Jewish architects responded to the Nazi genocide in their work, Rosenfeld's study sheds new light on the evolution of Holocaust memory.
Praise For Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust…
— James E. Young
— National Jewish Book Awards Finalist
"This thoughtful, scholarly study culminates years of research into and interviews with many of the most important Jewish architects of the past century . . . [Rosenfeld] gracefully addresses, both personally and professionally, the engrossing spread of 1920s German and Jewish critical theory, balancing assimilation and alienation."—P. Kaufman, Choice
— P. Kaufman
Yale University Press, 9780300169140, 448pp.
Publication Date: November 29, 2011