Atlantic City: Hookers, Poverty, Desperation, Enrique Iglesias, and a Holocaust Memorial

This from Ha'aretz today:

A Holocaust memorial design created by two graduate students at Columbia University's architecture school has beaten out an Israeli design to become the winner of a competition for a memorial that will go up on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

"Fractured Landscapes," which was chosen from between the two finalists last month, is a "fractured landscape and a river of light" that "stitch together disjointed surfaces, expressing our hopes for peace," according to the text of the submission.

This raises the question, why does Atlantic City need a Holocaust Memorial? Does every dumpy little American city need a Holocaust Memorial?  How about spending the money on Holocaust education? Or just education? Or something with some utility?

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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