Are Americans speaking Yiddish now?
This quote is from a news story about the opening of the 9/11 museum in New York city:
Early reactions to the Memorial Museum have ranged from sober appreciation to emotional hostility.
At the negative end of things, people have objected to the US$24 (NZ$28) admission charge, to an out-of-context Virgil quote written on the wall, to the entombed human remains, and to the gift shop merchandise (hoodies, mugs, a rescue vest for dogs).
“This tchotchke store – this building, this experience – is nothing more than the logical endpoint for our most reliably commodifiable national tragedy,” snapped Buzzfeed’s Steve Kandell, who lost his sister in the terrorist attacks.
To put all this into context, here is a quote from the start of the article, cited above:
After more than $700 million and years of delay, the National September 11 Memorial Museum opened on Wednesday in downtown New York.
To enter this museum, you pass through a soaring glass pavillion, complete with two structural “tridents” rescued from the twin towers.
Then you descend into subterranean galleries, “a crypt beneath a crime scene,” as Justin Davidson phrased it.
Tucked in the bowels of the World Trade Centre site are multimedia displays, mangled artifacts, and a medical examiner’s office, holding the remains of more than 1000 unidentified bodies.
There is also a gift shop.
There are numerous articles in today’s newspapers about the opening of the 9/11 memorial, and all of them object to the gift shop. There are also comparisons of the 9/11 Memorial to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. This quote is from the article, cited above:
It is no surprise, for example, that the woman brought on to curate the Memorial Museum, Alice Greenwald, was previously a director at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.
This begs the question: How many Jews died in the 9/11 attack? This subject is very controversial because allegedly there were 3,000 Jews who decided to stay home that day. Another blogger wrote about this at http://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/not-one-jew-was-killed-in-the-9-11-attacks-and-the-wtc-is-full-of-jewish-workers/
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I previously blogged about the 9/11 attack at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/911-memorial-ceremonies/