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Bologna Shoah Memorial

Bologna, Italy
1 of 8Simone Bossi

The Shoah Memorial is the result of an international design competition wanted by the Jewish Community in order to donate to the city of Bologna a universal place of memory.

The project was selected as the winner by a jury chaired by Peter Eisenman among 284 proposals received from around the world.

Placed at the center of a new square near the railway station, a place already connected with the memory, the monument is an impressive sculptural object made of two steel cor-ten blocks 10 meters high. Outside it looks like a full and compact volume, while its interior is characterized by the emptiness generated by the obsessive repetition of cells that recall the concentration camp dormitories.

The transition between the two blocks, is characterized by a paving made by stones, which remembers the Judenrampe, it converges and narrows causing the visitor a state of alienation that leads him to a personal and intimate reflection on the Holocaust theme.

Piazza Memoriale della Shoah
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