Five Germanys I Have Known

Thomas Laqueur writes:

The last few exhibits in the new museum at Yad Vashem, the ‘Site of Names and Memory’, on a hilltop outside Jerusalem where the murdered of the Holocaust are commemorated, come as no surprise: photographs of survivors struggling to reach Palestine; the triumphant founding of the state of Israel. The final galleries also contain a re-creation of a hut from a Displaced Persons camp in Germany, as if to return to the illusions out of which the tragedy grew.

(LRB 7 June 2007)