I've been to Yad Vahem in Israel, along with its children's memorial with the lights representing the children whose lives were ended before they had a chance to shine, and the Holocaust Memorial in DC. Each place wretches my heart when I am confronted with the sheer horror that happened to the Jews and those who supported them.
This memorial is very different in its setting. As mentioned, it is on a busy commercial street. We came upon it as we were out walking. Maybe that is a good thing, as it reminded me that the murder of so many men, women, and children happened in the course of everyday life. That it eased into life without notice.
Each pillar gives one the opportunity to stop and reflect on the personal stories of the people. Funny, even though it is see through, I did not find myself distracted by what was going on on the outside. Maybe, again like that time, the people's lives went on as usual, while those in the camps were facing terrible atrocities.
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