Usually museums are built to display existing collections of art or artifacts. That wasn’t the case with the Jewish Museum in Berlin. First, the city debated for 20 years whether it should even have a Jewish museum, and if so, what it should look like, and what should go in it. Finally, the Berlin Senate agreed to commission American architect Daniel Libeskind to build an extension to the Baroque-style Berlin City Museum, which would house the yet undefined Jewish Museum. But Libeskind’s design was so extraordinarily original and symbolic that the Baroque building soon mutated into just a wing of the Jewish Museum and later to its reception area. The zinc-coated zig-zag building has often been compared to a broken Star of David, or to an explosion of glass and concrete. The building is certainly spectacular and symbolic, says Program Director Cilly Kugelmann. He says it’s a metaphor for the difficult and complicated history of Germans and Jews, German Jews and Jews in Germany.