IWalked Boston’s Crimes-Haunts – New England Holocaust Memorial
Numerous memorials have popped up around to world to remember victims of Adolph Hitler during the period surrounding World War II. It is estimated that some six million Jewish people and on the upwards of another eleven million disabled, Polish, Soviets and homosexuals were executed during the period of 1933 to 1945. In 1995 Boston unveiled its own monument, now referred to as the New England Holocaust Memorial.
The New England Holocaust Memorial is the work of San Francisco artist Stanley Saitowitz. While Saitowitz is credited as the primary individual responsible for making this remarkable piece of art come to life, over three thousand individuals were said to have been involved in its creation.
The Memorial was officially unveiled at a ceremony in October of 1995 and consists of six fifty-four foot glass columns. Etched into each one of these panes, and covering its entire mass, are the numbers one through six million (representing the number of Jewish victims). These carvings are said to simulate how the numbers were branded into the skin of Jewish prisoners. The six glass columns equal the number of death camps which existed.
Walking amongst the glass towers you will be guided via a narrow black granite path. Immediately before entering the first glass tower (from either direction) you will be reminded to “Remember” the victims for which this memorial was dedicated. As you pass through each of the glass towers there are a series of grates which blows warm air upwards onto you. This warm air was described by Mr. Saitowitz as intending to feel “like human breath.”
In 2002 a white supremacist terror plot was unveiled to destroy this monument. Two individuals were reportedly in the process of acquiring bomb materials to destroy it along with a series of other targets including the US Holocaust Memorial in Washington DC and Steven Spielberg. The plot was only foiled after a cashier at a nearby Dunken Donuts reported the receipt of a counterfeit $20 bill to an off-duty police officer who arrested the suspects. After the arrest of the two individuals, police investigated their apartment where they found many of the required ingredients to create a bomb.
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