The first question I wanted to ask, was, did they mix it up with the Berlin Zoo? I understand the desire to educate Germans about Jews. I almost never agree with Chabad, sacrilegious sod that I am, but they are right. They have a Berlin office, come visit them and learn about Judaism.
I see what the museum was trying to do, but there is too much negative symbolism to make it work. Jews wore the yellow badges and went into the trains willingly. Why would you go into a box willingly in modern Germany?
I have had African-American friends tell me they sometimes get that. If they befriend or they are befriended by a non African-American, they are now the representative of the African-American community to this person. Is it to a certain degree the same for Jews in modern Germany? Then again, there are 200,000 Jews out of a population of 82 million Germans. There are many more African-Americans and African-Americans are a bit more visible. After all, some guy named Barack Obama happens to be the President of the United States of America and the last time I looked, he is African-American. Then again, all I see when I look is my President, end of discussion. We’ve come a long way that way.
In Germany, the Germans could have learned about Jews without killing them. You wouldn’t need Jew in a Box today.
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- NPR, on being a mixed race African-American (realblogcritic.wordpress.com)
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- Obama: Jewish History Inspires African Americans (voanews.com)
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- Berlin Jewish Museum Faces Criticism for Placing Jews in Glass Case for Exhibit (algemeiner.com)
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