Monday, March 17th, 2008 | 9:00 am

A Legacy with cut roots

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Among the inmates of Theresienstadt concentration camp, there was an architect named Alexander Beer. He was one out of a number of Jewish architects that had shaped the look of an era. Some of the buildings can still be found around Berlin, other parts of Germany and Poland, others never made it past the drawing room, nonetheless inspiring new concepts of living and working in a future-oriented world. Thinking about future accomplishments was a luxury only some could afford. For most of Beer’s contemporaries, their careers and lives where ruined long before most of the talents could come to a full bloom on the international market. The national socialist regime that rose to power failed to recognize talent and craftsmanship beyond the narrow confines of their racist thought.

Pentagram, the brilliant design company devoted a publication to this group of Forgotten Architects. With an introduction by Myra Wahrhaftig, author of “German Jewish Architects before and after 1933″, this book has been assembled and designed in Pentagram’s Berlin office, which is also where the book can be ordered from.

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