From the Research Lab: Culture and Memory - How to Preserve a Historical Site Like Auschwitz?
Sharon Golan-Yaron, program director of the Liebling Haus, is hosting Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt for a conversation about the preservation of memory and memorials. The efforts to preserve these historical sites while avoiding turning them into “theme parks” is the focus of an upcoming lecture by architectural historian Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt.
Prof. at the Canadian University of Waterloo School of Architecture, van Pelt is an expert in architectural forensics - a multidisciplinary study of architecture, technology, history, law, and human rights. Van Pelt chaired the academic team that developed a master plan for the preservation of Auschwitz. His groundbreaking research generated The Evidence Room installation, first presented at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The project featured a powerful reconstruction of several objects used in the forensic analysis of Auschwitz’s architecture.
Dr. Orit Shaham Gover, Chief Curator of the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, will join us for a discussion after the lecture and also elaborate on her decisions regarding the new sector of the Museum.