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May 25, 2014

New 9/11 museum includes a “tchotchke store”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:18 am

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.

9/11 Memorial in New York city

9/11 Memorial in New York city

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.

9/11 Memorial gift shop

9/11 Memorial 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/

9/11 Memorial in New York city

“two tridents” from 9/11 wreckage

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I previously blogged about the 9/11 attack at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/911-memorial-ceremonies/