9/11 memorial

Remembering, After The News Cameras Have Gone

At 9/11 Memorial, a needed antidote to our fickle, ever-shifting media cycle.

11/01/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Way back in September, when the big story in downtown Manhattan was the opening of the new 9/11 Memorial, I went online and reserved an entrance ticket. The demand for tickets in early September was so great that I couldn’t get one until the very end of October.

Michael Arad’s 9/11 Memorial, where the cascade of news events seemed to matter not at all. Joe Woolhead

Filling The Void

Pinning down the influences of 9/11 memorial architect Michael Arad isn’t easy. But some sense echoes of the Holocaust in ‘Reflecting Absence.’

09/06/2011
Staff Writer

Few profiles of Michael Arad, the architect of the Sept. 11 memorial that opens this week, have failed to mention that he is Israeli — the son of a former ambassador, no less. But most stop there, shying away from details, in no small part because Arad wants it that way.

“For me, it’s not about my nationality, and I made a point for it never to become about that,” Arad, 42, recently told The Jewish Week. “If people want to see something that’s not there, they can, but it’s pointless.”

Michael Arad’s memorial to the victims of 9/11 terrorism reflects themes, as does all memorial architecture since World War II,
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