THE BOSTON HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL – ARCHITECT: STANLEY SAITOWITZ

“Look at these towers, passerby, and try to imagine what they really mean – what they symbolize – what they evoke. They evoke an era of incommensurate darkness, an era in history when civilization lost its humanity and humanity its soul . . .”

“We must look at these towers of memory and say to ourselves: no one should ever deprive a human being of his or her right to dignity. No one should ever deprive anyone of his or her right to be a sovereign human being. No one should ever speak again about racial superiority… We cannot give evil another chance.” ELIE WIESEL


“I hope that visitors to the Memorial take away with them the ungraspabale nature of the Holocaust, the completely overwhelming, inexplicable dimension of dimension. And coupled with that, a sense of hope that survival and the building of this memorial make possible.”

Stanley Saitowitz, Architect

Some think of it as six candles, others call it a menorah.
Some a colonnade walling the civic plaza others six towers of spirit.
Some six columns for six million Jews, others six exhausts of life.
Some call it a city of ice,
others remember a ruin of some civilization. Some speak of six pillars of breath,
others six chambers of gas.
Some think of it as a fragment of Boston City Hall,
others call the buried chambers Hell.
Some think the pits of fire are six death camps,
others feel the shadows of six million numbers
tattoo their flesh.

Stanley Saitowitz, Architect

The Memorial design features six luminous glass towers, each reaching fifty-four feet high, and each lit internally from top to bottom. Six million numbers are etched in the glass. These numbers represent the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust and are suggestive of the infamous tattoos the Nazis inflicted on many of the victims.

Visitors walk a black granite path through the Memorial, passing under the towers. At the base of each tower, a stainless steel grate covers a six-foot deep chamber. On the wall of each cham- ber is inscribed one of the names of the six primary Nazi death camps: Majdanek, Chelmno, Sobibor, Treblinka, Belzec, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. At the bottom of the pits, smoldering coals illuminate the names of the camps.

Always suggestive, but not literal, the New England Holocaust Memorial design arouses countless acts of memory, response, and understanding – as many as there are visitors to the Memorial itself.

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