A Somber, Yet Very Powerful Memorial
December 7, 2016
We were able to walk through the New England Holocaust Memorial while we were in Boston recently. I don't even know how to explain the power of this memorial. I can tell you, as me and many other people walked through the six towers and read the quotes (some from survivors), not a word was spoken. The people there while I was there were quitely honoring the memory of the many who were lost and respectful of the memorial. There are 6 glass towers just like this one, that have numbers etched in the glass panels. Smoky mist rises from the floor that is said to be reiminscent of the gas chambers. In order for me to do the memorial justice in describing it, I'm providing the following information from Wikipedia:
"Designed by Stanley Saitowitz and erected in 1995, the memorial consists of six glass towers under which a visitor may walk. Engraved on the outside walls of each tower are groups of numbers representing the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Inscribed on the inner walls are quotes from survivors of each camp. Underneath the towers, steam rises up through metal grates from a dark floor with twinkling lights on it.
Each tower symbolizes a different major extermination camp (Majdanek, Chełmno, Sobibor, Treblinka, Bełżec, and Auschwitz-Birkenau), but can also be taken to be menorah candles, the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust (one million per column), and the six years that the mass extermination took place, 1939-1945.
Each tower consists of twenty-four individual panels of glass. Twenty-two of the panels are inscribed with seven digit numbers and two of the panels are inscribed with messages. In total there are 132 panels from the six towers inscribed with numbers, however each panel is identical. A single panel contains 17,280 unique numbers which are subsequently repeated throughout the memorial. Numbers are arranged in eight by ten blocks, with each block consisting of sets of six numbers arranged in a six by six grid. In total there are 2,280,960 non-unique numbers listed on the 132 panels.
The site is maintained by the Boston National Historic Park and is located in Carmen Park, along Congress and Union Streets, near Faneuil Hall. Carmen Park was named in recognition of William Carmen's service to the community and his vision and leadership in creating the New England Holocaust Memorial."
Please see my post tomorrow for more detail of the glass panels.
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Have a peaceful day today my friends. And, I'm particularly thankful for your comments on my Canna potd yesterday.
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