This is the design for a Holocaust memorial that has now been approved by the British government. As yet, few have commented on the interesting fact that it basically resembles a toast rack.
When it comes to designing a holocaust memorial, there are few rules. This is because quite often sensitive and creative avant-garde architects are invited to submit designs, and if you had too many rules, you wouldn’t get such creative masterpieces as this:
Or how about this incredible giant hand, made up of screaming Jews, reaching up to the heavens:
Not sure what the hand is trying to do. It could be reaching up to ask God for help, or possibly imploring the US air force to stop interfering with the delivery of foodstuffs to various “residential facilities” in the German Reich by bombing the fuck out of the German railway network… But, anyway, I’m probably going to have a bad dream tonight after seeing this.
Or there is this memorial, which is my personal favourite, showing Jews being used as screaming sleepers for a railway track:
I don’t know what to say here, as there is just too much raw symbolism to deal with. I mean, these screaming Jews are actually helping the trains to the death camps run on time!!! Make of that what you will.
But the thing I like about it is that it kind of overloads the pathos of genuine suffering so much so that the end result is a kind of bathos – a kind of humour that only certain people like myself truly enjoy.
Anyway, the key point about Holocaust memorials in general is their sheer creativity, and, as I said above, this means very few rules and restrictions. But, that doesn’t mean there are no rules. There are definitely some rules.
For example, you wouldn’t make a Holocaust memorial that looks like a giant oven or a lampshade or a bar of soap.
This is because all these items stand for the trivialisation of holocaust narratives, as they refer to some…erm…”awkward details” in the accounts of death camp survivors that later turned out to be completely false or ridiculously exaggerated.
The story that Jews were turned into actual lampshades and bars of soap, and also burnt in ovens, were important, attention-grabbing memes that played a vital part in publicising the Holocaust narrative in the early days – the 1960s and 70s – when nobody was really that interested in the “special” sufferings of Jews, as everybody had had a hard time in WWII.
Remember, there was no internet in those days to assist in detailed research and simple fact checking to debunk suspicious narratives. Also, it was very difficult to investigate the actual sites of the Holocaust, most of which were located behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Bloc, where a lot of the Holocaust memes originated in Commie propaganda.
So, leading with memes as outlandish as soap, lampshades, and ovens was not a big problem at the time; in fact, quite the reverse, as they helped to seed the public’s mind with the idea that something peculiarly terrible had happened to the Jews.
But, after they had served their purpose of fixing the Holocaust in the public’s imagination, these memes were dispensed with, instead becoming symbols of the over-exaggeration and ridiculousness of the Holocaust narrative for sceptics.
This is why you would never build a holocaust memorial that resembled an actual oven or lampshade. It would just be too lulzy.
But for the same reason you wouldn’t want to build a holocaust memorial that looked like a giant toast rack either, which is what they have decided to go and do in the UK, in the process ruining a perfectly nice park next to the Houses of Parliament.
Oddly, the design is credited to this man, Ron Arad, who is an actual Jew and born in Israel:
…while the company in charge is run by this man, “Sir” David Adjaye, an actual Ghanaian, born in Ghana:
I once attended a talk by Adjaye. He is a well-spoken Black man of mediocre ideas, whose career is built on being an “acceptable” front man and “face of diversity” for his otherwise “hideously White” architecture firm (echoes of Zaha Hadid).
Knowing a little of the the history of these two designers, as I do, I would say that the “toast rack” design has more to do with the kind of architectural schtick that Adjaye is associated with. Although whether he is the actual working designer on this project is another question, as many big name architects merely put their names to the work of their anonymous company staff.
But, as you can see in this picture, Adjaye has a thing about slats. It is self-evident that the Holocaust “toast rack” grew out of this aesthetic.
But you would think that having an actual Jew on board would have alerted them to the general tastelessness of a design that looked like a rack for burnt bread. It seems that in this case, Arad is merely the front man for the project, so that they can say to the various government agencies, quangos, and departments that they had to win over that they have a genuine Holocaust “victim” on board.
When you’re trying to get your hands on millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money from a “signally” political establishment, this, alas, is how the game is played.
Originally published at Alt-Right News