The National Holocaust Monument was opened several years ago on Lebreton Flats to commemorate the millions killed during World War Two by the Nazis. It is a collaborative effort, with stark, angled architecture entirely appropriate to its theme.
Down through one entrance we go.
Contemporary photographs by the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky are etched onto the walls. At left here is Hiding Place, Warsaw Jewish Cemetery, Poland. At right is Prayer Room, Theresienstadt, Czech Republic.
Stepping into an antechamber gives us a space of reflection, with a memorial flame in an alcove on the wall.
Stepping back out of this space brings us to the next of the Burtynsky photos. Abandoned Railbed, Treblinka, Poland shows how nature is gradually reclaiming the path to the Treblinka death camp.
Here we have Track 17, Berlin, Germany. This was the departure point for many Jews and others to death camps during the war.
Fence, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland is the most haunting of these photographs.
Site Of Death March, Near Mauthausen, Austria depicts a quiet scene today. In the dying days of the war, in an attempt to hide their crimes, the Nazis forced prisoners to march out from the camps towards territories still in German hands. 20 000 sick and weakened Jewish prisoners passed by here in the last days of the war; those who were unable to keep up were shot and left in the ditches.
A series of panels goes into detail about the Holocaust.
A look from here towards the staircase heading to the upper level.
Up here the monument is aligned to look towards the Peace Tower, visible in the distance at a gap in the trees.
A look down from here at the monument.
And a closing shot today from the west entrance. This monument is a sobering, haunting one, and well suited to its purpose.
I read many a book on this. Horrible. And it seems it comes back everywhere in the world - not against Jewish people only, so sad.ReplyDelete
I hope such monuments help to make people get better persons. And avoid the total horror.
A due tribute.ReplyDelete
An forbidding, strong piece of architecture, and aptly designed to reflect what was the horror of the Holocaust.ReplyDelete
The architecture successfully represents the brutality of those times.ReplyDelete
@Iris: one can hope.ReplyDelete
@Rosemary: very much so.
@Marianne: that it is.
@John: it does indeed.
It is a stark design, representing well the horrors of the Holocaust.
Have a great day!
Gosto deste monumento.ReplyDelete
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros
...this is a stark reminder of a time in history that should never be forgotten.ReplyDelete
High on my list of places to visit.ReplyDelete
I follow the Auschwitz Memorial on Twitter. The reality if the Holocaust is memorialized every day there. I would like to see this Canadian memorial too.ReplyDelete
@Eileen: it was well designed.ReplyDelete
@Francisco: thank you.
@David: well worth it.
@Marie: a good idea.
That's another very impressive monument again.ReplyDelete
Gosh you guys certainly know how to do memorial sculptures William, this is stunning and so beautifully shown here. The wall etchings are superb ✨ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this incredible memorial.ReplyDelete
Beautiful designs, tastefully executed.ReplyDelete
Lest we forget... However I don't think I could go through any of the Holocaust Memorials, I'm just too sensitive in my emotions. I get all choked up just seeing it here on your blog.ReplyDelete
The photographs work so well to get the message across. Wonderful of you to show us this, William.ReplyDelete
This is such a beautiful and impressive memorial. It's very impactful.ReplyDelete
A very large monument which passes in information in a very striking way.ReplyDelete
@Jan: very much so.ReplyDelete
@Grace: I agree.
@DJan: you're welcome.
@Magiceye: I think so.
@Barbara: that's understandable.
@RedPat: thank you.
@Sharon: it certainly does that.
@Red: quite so.
@Janey: it is.
So many angles!ReplyDelete
This is striking and very sobering. The etched photos are really a wonderful idea and that one on the exterior scary as all get out, when you think what went on in the camps. The sharp angles add to the tension and uncomfortable feeling one might have entering -- and then that lovely alcove. Really thought provoking.ReplyDelete
It certainly accomplishes that.Delete
Very creative tribute and excellent photos ~ReplyDelete
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So very sad and so very important to remember. It is perfect for what it does.ReplyDelete
Heartbreaking poignant. And needed to be remembered. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for your continued visits to my blog. Have a great day. JoReplyDelete
An impressive memorial.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
Very much so.Delete
A powerful monument.ReplyDelete
Hard to look at, even in your photographic essay.ReplyDelete
I can see that.Delete
Heart breaking, yet it needs to be remembered.ReplyDelete
Those clouds add to your dramatic photos of this somber memorial.ReplyDelete
Wow ... it's a sobering important memorial, so much thought put into it. Thanks for sharing, William.ReplyDelete
I can see why they probably designed it the way it looks, it reminds me of a concentration camp entrance.ReplyDelete
It really does suit the subject.Delete
Fascinating building of harsh angles, it makes you look and think:)ReplyDelete