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Architect of U.S. Holocaust museum, James Ingo Freed, dies

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New York (dpa) - James Ingo Freed, the architect of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, has died at his home in New York City, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The paper said Freed died on Thursday at his home in Gramercy Park in the borough of Manhattan. It cited a partner in the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as saying that Freed died of complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 75.

He was known for his designs which often provoked controversy, including the somber Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington which used glas bridges engraved with the names of devasted cities, the paper said.

Freed was born June 23, 1930 in a Jewish family in Essen, Germany. After the Nazi takeover and repressions against Jews in Germany, he came to the United States in 1939.

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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