The Future of Auschwitz

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Auschwitz has become shorthand for the horrors of the Holocaust. Now, nearly 70 years after the Second World War ended, there is an ongoing debate about how to properly preserve Birkenau, or Auschwitz II.


Los Angeles-based architects Russell Thomsen and the late Eric Kahn developed a radical proposal to leave the site “blank.” Their concept, "Thinking the Future of Auschwitz," is now on show at SCI-Arc. KCRW’s Avishay Artsy explores their thinking and the challenge of memorializing this site.

Credits

Guests:
Russell Thomsen - IDEA , Michael Berenbaum - Holocaust Historian, Mark Rothman - Friends of Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

Host:
Frances Anderton

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Caroline Chamberlain