New England Holocaust Memorial
The New England Holocaust Memorial was built as a beacon of memory and hope, inviting all visitors to reflect on the impact of bigotry and to resolve to combat all forms of oppression. Located on the Boston's historic Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and many other treasures of American history, the site offers a unique opportunity for reflection on the meaning of oppression - and freedom - and on the importance of a society's respect for human rights.
The Memorial project was initiated by a group of Holocaust survivors living in the Boston area. By the time the site was dedicated, in October 1995, more than 3,000 individuals and organizations nationwide had joined in sponsoring the project.
Today a collaboration of individuals, government agencies and nonprofit organizations operates the Memorial. The Boston National Historical Park of the National Park Service maintains the site. Combined Jewish Philanthropies manages the site. The Jewish Community Relations Council coordinates programming. Facing History and Ourselves developed a value study guide and consults with schools and other groups on Holocaust education. Holocaust survivors and volunteers serve as educators.
Incredibly moving. Unfortunately, most tourist see it a quick pass through and shove you aside as they try to pass. Make the most of this beautiful memorial
Great place to visit and read some valuable quotes. Beautiful structure. Strong emotions. Over 6,000,000 women, men, and children lost their lives by the Nazis. To put this in perspective, that's 2,002 times more than 9/11 (2,996 people). That's like a 9/11 tragedy EVERY DAY for almost 5.5 years!!
It's a place to get an insight of what happened during the holocaust. It gives you the names of both the victims and survivors. It highlights stories from some of the survivors. Very beautiful at night but still solemn and sombre inside. Great place to keep the memories, lest we forget. We are all one people.
I love visiting this at night and walking through the glass towers with the names. The fog rises and the light illuminates the names etched in glass. I recommend pausing to read some of the names and take in the sheer amount of loss that occurred. I think it's a lovely tribute. Just be sure to avoid that area during drinking times on Friday/Saturday. Definitely makes it lose some of its beauty and a different location would have been better than across from a handful of bars.
Bean Yiling Vega
Went here on an art history tour for my class and it was extremely powerful. the towers had made me cry about a total of 6 times, and despite all the life and urban setting, when you go through the towers and youre reading all the texts its almost like the city sounds melt away and youre left with the bare bones of a memorial, teaching you about loss. to remember not only that this happened, but to remember there is always a way to help out and speak up.