Saturday, March 21, 2009

Finding Beauty in the Holocaust


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Barry Artiste Op/Ed
Hard to fathom how Beauty can still be had through the horrific faces of death!

Oh yeah, for Now Public Editors, holster you waggin fingers, again the highlighter doesn't work for some reason.

The Saturday Interview: Finding architectural beauty in the Holocaust

 Adrian Humphreys, National Post Published: Friday, March 20, 2009

Lavish architectural etchings cover the walls from floor to ceiling of the Toronto apartment of Robert Jan van Pelt, perhaps an expected flourish for the home of a professor at a school of architecture.

Closer inspection reveals that, rather than the gothic beauty of the Chartres Cathedral or the Art Deco heights of New York's Chrysler Building, his etches are Giovanni Piranesi's dark depictions of imaginary prisons.

The display of oppressive penitentiaries as architectural marvels mirrors Prof. van Pelt's proposition that the crematoria at Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp that has become a symbol of the Holocaust, is one of the greatest buildings ever constructed.
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