Essay: The Morals of Remembering

The style of monuments in Washington (the Lincoln, the Washington, the Jefferson) runs to idealizations in cool, white stone.

The places are abstracted: alabaster, clean, undimmed by human tears. They are also shrines for the tourists who come in doubleknits and halters. They are entirely American.

A new memorial in Washington will be different. It will be installed on the edge of the Mall, not far from the Washington Monument. It will be utterly European. It will reek of a European suffering and evil.

The memorial, a museum commemorating the millions of Jews and others who...

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