First Place Award for the Interior Design Elements of the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia.

Edward Jacobs, Principal of The Berenbaum Group wins first place award for the interior design elements of the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia.

The contest is part of the Macedonian Biennial of Architecture. It is organized every two years by the Association of the Architects of Macedonia- the professional body of architects in Macedonia. A seven member jury reviews and awards the prizes.

The prize was given for the realization of interior design especially for the evocative commemoration area and the memorial sculpture that traverses the entire height of the museum. The jury reviewed the submission and visited the site as well. In their report, the jury wrote: “This realization for interior architecture clearly distinguishes itself by its appearance through two key characteristics: a powerful semantic experience that is to be remembered and a defining a spatial wholeness and clearness as a major element that is crucial for permanent exhibitions".

Sharing in this award with Mr. Jacobs and the Berenbaum Group is Macedonian architect Jovan Ivanovski.



Empty Boxcars - A Film by Ed Gaffney

Michael Berenbaum was an interviewee and the historical consultant on the newly released film Empty Boxcars, the story of Bulgaria during the Holocaust, the murder of the Jews of Thrace and Macedonia and the rescue of the Jews of Bulgaria that premiered in December at the American Jewish University.

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Macedonian Jews Erect World-class Holocaust Museum

The country's tiny remaining Jewish community is building a $23 million center.

Building a new Holocaust museum
John Dyer — Special to GlobalPost / May 30th, 2010

By John Dyer — Special to GlobalPost
Published: May 16, 2010 09:51 ET in Europe
SKOPJE, Macedonia — The construction cranes, heavy machinery and plumes of dust in Skopje’s city center herald the final chapter in one of the Balkans’ saddest tales. After years of delays, Macedonia’s Jews are building a world-class museum to remember their near-extinction in the Holocaust.


The Museum of Macedonia Jewrish History

Michael Berenbaum is the Conceptual Developer of the Museum of Macedonia Jewish History. Schedule to open in stages, the Memorial and a Special Exhibition will open in March 11, 2011, the anniversary fo the deportation of Macedonia Jewry to Treblinka.

A Children's Exhibition will open one year later, to educate a younger generation of Macedonia about the fate of the Jews who once lived among them and the Permanent Exhibition is to open in March 2013, the 70th anniversary fo the Deportation.



Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center


The Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center constitutes an exciting and profoundly meaningful new resource, designed to fill an important and urgent unmet need in the field of Holocaust education.

Located in the Boro Park section of the Borough of Brooklyn, the Center is in the heart of the largest community of Holocaust survivors in the world, outside of the State of Israel.


Memoria y Tolerancia

Michael Berenbaum was a consultant in the conceptual development of the Museum, which transitions from the Holocaust to post-Holocaust genocides and the need for tolerance education.

A Brief Description of the Project:

In 1999 , Memory and Tolerance A.C. emerges as a nonprofit association , in order to convey tolerance through historical memory. Showing the greatest examples of intolerance that has come to humans, such as genocides , we understand the value of tolerance and diversity.

Since its inception, projected a Memory and Tolerance Museum and Educational Center in Mexico City , thinking that the best tool to raise awareness is through learning and education.


The Future Museum

Historian, National Museum of American Jewish History

The Museum is schedule to open in November 2010


Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History will join Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and other landmarks at the hallowed site of America's birth. There could not be a more fitting place for a museum that will explore the promise and challenges of liberty through the lens of the American Jewish experience.


The Zev and Shifra Karkomi Permanent Exhibition

The Exhibition tells the story of the Holocaust, from pre-war German life through ghetto life and concentration camps to eventual liberation and resettlement throughout the world, with a special focus on post-war life in Israel and Skokie.  More than 500 artifacts, documents and photographs help illustrate the narrative of the Holocaust while testimonies from local survivors add personal detail. A German Rail Car of the type used in Nazi deportation programs sits in the cleave of the building. As you pass, feel free to enter the rail car. The exhibition concludes with a summary film in the Pritzker Theater that connects the lessons of the Holocaust with other Genocides. View some of these artifacts online >

The average visit time is one to two hours. This exhibition is recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older.

Conceptual Development: Illinois Holcaust Museum and Edcuational Center

The power of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is its ability to present the history of the Holocaust in ways that enable visitors to relate this experience to his or her own life today - the values we hold dear, the moral choices we each confront, and recognizing that each of us has the power to stand up to bigotry.


Treblinka: A Documentary Proposal

A word of history:

Treblinka was one of three Aktion Reinhard Death Camps established along major railway lines in German-occupied Poland for the sole purpose of killing Jews. Situated on the main railway lines between Warsaw and Bialystok, two of Poland’s largest Jewish communities, it began operation on July 22, 1942 and continued in operation for fourteen months until August 14, 1943, shortly after the death camp uprising. Staffed by some 30 Germans and some 90 Ukrainians, former Soviet Prisoners of War all, during its 14 months of operation between 870,000 and 925,000 Jews were killed with fewer than 100 known survivors.



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