by Edward Rothstein

New Light, Literal and Figurative, on Nazi Crimes

At first it seems like an anomaly. You walk up to the campus entrance from the enormous parking lot that defines Queensborough Community College as a commuting institution, and the first structure that greets you, just before the administration building, is the new Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center and Archives. The $5.5 million building, which was dedicated in a public ceremony this week, is clad in glass, steel and the distinctive sand-colored limestone quarried near Jerusalem. And inside its new permanent exhibition space is bathed in daylight from the windows and translucent walls, creating a deliberate contrast to the dark subject of mass murder.

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