Today is Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day. I was reminded of this when I saw a post on one of the blogs that I follow: The Pietist Schoolman. In his blog post today, Chris Gehrz, has a good writeup about Yom HaShoah. You can click on the link to read more about the significance of this day.
Today is a day of reflection and remembrance of the Holocaust.
I will share a few pictures that help me reflect on the Holocaust.
A cold gray day set the tone for a somber visit to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp near Weimar, Germany in November 2006. This picture is of the main entrance gate of the camp. I have visited the site two times over the years. Each visit was a time of reflection and remembrance of what happened at this site.
The second picture is also from Buchenwald and is of a memorial that is called the Living Memorial. The memorial is kept at body temperature at all times. This is the memorial that President Obama placed a Pale Yellow Rose on during his visit to Buchenwald in June 2006.
I visited the site with a group of young students which included the daughter of one of my German co-workers. Observing the students during the visit and their reactions was insightful. At the end of our visit we each placed a rose on the memorial.
In November 2005 I visited the Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas or Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This is also know as the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. The Memorial is made up of ~2,700 concrete slabs of varying height. There is also an information center with displays about the Holocaust. More information can be found at http://www.holocaust-mahnmal.de/en
I have many memories of these two sites flooding back as I look at these pictures.