Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Beacon of Memory and Hope

This is a shot of the Holocaust Memorial, which is just past Faneuil Hall on the Freedom Trail. There's a ton more info on the web page, but here's a quick blurb, and I'll throw up one more picture tomorrow. I loved the rocks on top of the stone here - given that we talked about it back on the Oct 1st Theme Day, I had to take a photo of it to post!

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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