Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New England Vacation #7

The tower you see in this photo is one of at least four that make up Boston's Holocaust Memorial. On the glass, all the way up, are the numbers tattooed on the arms of those killed in the Holocaust. The print is quite small, and they are on all four towers of the memorial. Printed on the glass at eye-level on two sides of the inner part of the tower are quotes from Holocaust survivors. This was a very somber experience for me. One of my intense interests is WWII and specifically, the Holocaust. The memorial walk ended with a large stone bearing the following quote:

They came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic.

Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.


Snapper said...

Excellent photo and commentary. My dad was a private with General Patton at The Battle of the Bulge but he never spoke about it. All he said was that he saw some things he wished he hadn't. Memeorials like this one are so very important. People tend to forget and there is so much to be learned from history. Thanks Becky.

Eki Akhwan said...

I have the picture of the same monument taken from the same angle (at at later time) when I visited Boston with my wife last year. So, it's nice to see this photo.

JM said...

Amazing photo and memorial too! It must be really beautiful and impressive... Very good shot!

babooshka said...

Amazing structure, and superb photography. Such a poignant post. Well done.

• Eliane • said...

This memorial is very poignant. I really didn't recognized it from the angle you choose.

Cliff Calderwood said...

It's difficult to walk through this memorial and come out dry-eyed. Moving photo Becky. I don't know how many names there are on the six columns but it has to be millions.


Tash said...

Impressive photo in itself and the explanation & the poem make it really moving & memorable. Thank you for bringing it to us.