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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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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.



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.


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.