Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Never Forget

Unfortunately, the joy of Luna Moth Day has been dampened by the fact that today is also Holocaust Remembrance Day. While in Baltimore two summers ago we visited the Baltimore Holocaust Memorial. It was quite sobering. Warning: The last photo is quite disturbing.

Let's never forget. "On both sides of the track rows of red and white lights appeared as far as the eye could see...
with the rythm of the wheels, with every human sound now silenced. We awaited what was to happen."

"...in an instant, our women, our parents, our children disappeared. We saw them for a short while as an obscure mass at the other end of the platform." ~ Primo Levi Survival in Aushwitz

In the front center sits the Joseph Sheppard Holocaust Sculpture. The statue depicts the horror of the Holocaust by portraying emaciated bodies of the victims’ bodies contorted in a ball of flame. The base of the sculpture bears the quote from George Santayana:

Those who do not remember the past are destined to repeat it.

1 comment:

Elysa said...

I wept at the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. I'll never forget what I saw.

Read THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY. Just finished it. Quite excellent. Written about the German occupation of the channel islands between England and France during WWII but also details life for prisoners, slaves, etc. during that period.