Unveiled with great pomp by a vote-hungry President Traian Basescu last week, we decided to go and have a look at Bucharest’s much talked-about Holocaust Memorial this morning. We really ought not to have bothered.
For a start, though it was officially unveiled last week, it is nowhere near being finished. This morning, workmen were still finishing off various bits, and judging by the cut of their jib, they did not appear to want any visitors disturbing them.
Not that there is anything to visit. Memorials should, by their very nature, not be fun places, nor even do they necessarily need to be interesting. But this is a nonsense, an incoherent mess that lacks any context, has few captions and will simply have passers-by asking each other ‘what’s that?’
(The standard of course for such memorials is set by the astonishing Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in Berlin).