Saturday, May 4, 2024

Quite Haunting And Poignant

 Edward Burtynsky's involvement in the National Holocaust Monument involves large scale  contemporary photographs of places from the story of the Holocaust, etched onto the walls of the Monument. This is Site Of Death March, Near Mauthausen, Austria. In the dying days of the Second World War, the Nazis marched prisoners along this road, shooting those who couldn't keep up.

Abandoned Railroad, Treblinka, Poland is the largest of these. Nature is slowly overgrowing the old railroad that took people to the death camp. 

A memorial flame is lit up inside a side chamber.

Two more photographs etched side by side. Hiding Place, Warsaw Jewish Cemetery, Poland stands at left. At right is Prayer Room, Theresienstadt, Czech Republic.

Track 17, Berlin, Germany is seen here. From this place, many were sent to the death camps.

 Fence, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland is the most haunting of these.

The upper deck, reached by stairs or elevator, points directly towards Parliament Hill.

A look down the stairs.

And one last look, with the War Museum in the background. Tomorrow we pay a visit to its neighbour, another monument.


  1. Very moving to see this, especially today with how the world is sort of moving in that direction, again.

  2. A very important monument! Take care, enjoy your weekend.

  3. And still we see antisemitism on the rise again.

  4. ...Haunting And Poignant descript this memorial well.

  5. The Holocaust was a terrible time in history. We should never forget so it never happens again. This makes me worry about the Palestinians.

  6. An impressive walk through some of the most horrible parts of history

  7. History to be repeated despite grim reminders, sadly.

  8. I've seen several holocaust memorials around the world but this one is truly beautiful and haunting.

  9. May this never happen again ~ such an atrocity ~ Great memorial honoring those who survived or died in the Holocaust ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. A very sad subject but one that is so important not to forget.

  11. Those are beautiful and very moving.