International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On Wednesday, I happened to walk home past the New England Holocaust Memorial and decided to stop for a moment.

Shoah

Holocaust Memorial + City Hall

About the Memorial:

The New England Holocaust Memorialwas built to foster memory of and reflection on one of the great tragedies of our time, the Holocaust (Shoah). The effort was begun by a group of survivors of Nazi concentration camps who have found new homes and new lives in the Boston area. Dedicated in October, 1995, over 3000 individuals and organizations from across the community joined in sponsoring the project.

Mass Grave

Walking through the memorial

Imagine a World

Holocaust Memorial

Looking up into the memorial

The design utilizes uniquely powerful symbols of the Holocaust. The Memorial features six luminous glass towers, each 54 feet high. The towers are lit internally to gleam at night. They are set on a black granite path, each one over a dark chamber which carries the name of one of the principal Nazi death camps. Smoke rises from charred embers at the bottom of these chambers. Six million numbers are etched in glass in an orderly pattern, suggesting the infamous tattooed numbers and ghostly ledgers of the Nazi bureaucracy. Evocative and rich in metaphor, the six towers recall the six main death camps, the six million Jews who died, or a menorah of memorial candles.

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About Martha Heinemann Bixby

Advocacy. Politics. Life. Martha Heinemann Bixby.
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