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

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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?

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/01/atlantic-city-hookers-poverty-desperation-enrique-iglesias-and-a-holocaust-memorial/70278/