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spending one half day at the berlin jewish museum

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After the door clicks shut, it is dark, save the slit of gray light streaming in dully from the top corner of the room. This empty silo is shaped like the steeple of a church, or the hull of a boat, but jaggedly cut, and stretches 79 feet high. Between hushed footsteps and a weighted silence comes the distant sound of air swirling. It whooshes and whistles and twirls like ribbon around a spool. It makes the silence all the more noticeable and uneasy, the void oppressive and haunted. This is the Holocaust Tower, located in the zigzagging complex of…