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January 02, 1987 - Image 89

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-02

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MARC CHICOREL, DPM

Yad Vashem Prepares
Two New Memorials

DAVID LANDAU

Special to The Jewish News

erusalem — A massive
hall of haunting lights
and mirrors, and a si-
lent, artificial valley are two
striking projects now under
construction at the Yad Vas-
hem Holocaust Memorial.
The chamber of mirrors is an
underground hall situated just
east of the main buildings. It is
the concept of world renowned
Israeli-Canadian architect
Moshe Safdie, who has become
the foremost planner, architect
and executor of massive proj-
ects in modern-day Jerusalem.
The Hall of Mirrors, nearly
completed, is a memorial to the
one million Jewish children
killed in the Holocaust. The
core of the chamber is a six-
sided room entirely covered
with mirrors. In the center of
this room is a system of prisms,
and in its heart is a memorial
light. The visitor, entering this
chamber through a rough-
hewn underground passage,
will be overwhelmed by an
ethereal, surrealistic atmos-
phere. He or she will walk
around the chamber on a series
of darkened elevated walk-
ways, but surrounded at all
points by the reflected light
and hundreds of smaller
memorial lights, suspended as
though in space.
Safdie acknowledged that
his is an unprecedented ap-
proach to designing memo-
rials, which is usually consid-
ered a conservative and staid
area of architecture.
The entrance-way deliber-
ately made use of an existing
cave entrance in order to create
the impression of entering into
the bowels of the earth. The
passage beyond the entrance is
flanked by huge unpolished
rocks. As the visitor enters he
or she hears, faintly, the
sounds of children singing the
songs of the Holocaust.
The visitor walks first into a
triangular room, where he is
surrounded by photos of chil-
dren taken during the
Holocaust years. The faces

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