The Holocaust Memorial in New Orleans is an expression of Remembrance for those who died during the Holocaust, and for those who survived those horrific years.
It is also an expression of our need to be vigilant in opposing the destructive actions of intolerance, hatred, bigotry and abuse, whenever and wherever they occur.
The Holocaust Memorial is a beautiful sculpture that sits alongside the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans. The sculpture was designed by Yaacov Agam. “The memorial is in memory of the six million European Jews and millions of other victims who were tortured and murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators from 1933-1944.”
The memorial consists of nine panels and a circular path around them. The panels are motionless. Each panel has a different design. When one walks slowly around the path, viewing the sculpture from different angles, the designs on the panels form different, distinct images.
The Yellow Star of David. “Persecution and humiliation of the Jews by their Nazi tormentors.”
“This chaotic view expresses human misery and absence of empathy and religious and moral values, including reverence for life itself.”
“Out of the color of Hope, appears, in all its majestic colors, a Sacred Menorah, symbolizing the faithfulness and spiritual values of the Jewish people. The Menorah here is represented by a rainbow and a reverse rainbow.”
*Info and quotes from the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial site. Click here for more information.
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Wonderful colors and lines, Judy! 🙂
Thank you very much, Shutter Bug! I did love those colors on a cloudy day too! 😉
I agree about the colours being wonderful – great take on the theme expression
Thank you, Jo!
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Great entry Judy
Well done – both the pictures and the explanation behind the images.
Thank you, Kevin, I appreciate that!
wonderful art work. thanks for sharing judy!
I love the colors too, Eva…Thank you!
What a colorful memorial! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 It looks like we have not learned much from past atrocities!! 😦 We still do cruel things to one another. The irony of it all is that some of the same Jewish people whose ancestors once were victims of hatred are now perpetrators of it: http://www.rense.com/general25/rct.htm … We barely learn from history!
You are so correct, Elyas. Have we not learned from our past? The article was a good one and should be read by everyone. History is repeating itself in such an inhumane, destructive way. It made me so sad to read it. A US airlift ten years ago? What was that about?
There are a few bright spots though. The IAEJ is doing some wonderful things to help. More Ethiopian students in the university, students as mentors, etc. But as far as tolerance, acceptance…..so far to go and that breaks my heart. Thank you for enlightening me, my friend.
I do agree the article should be read by many. It’s quite unfortunate this has to happen in Israel among all the places in the world. I would expect it to be the last place. On the positive note, yes the IAEJ does great things that gives you hope.
You will find the answer for your question about the airlift here, Judy 🙂 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/ejtime.html and other details too.
Thanks, Elyas, for the link, I have been so busy lately I haven’t had time to research it myself. The article from yesterday has clung to me overnight. I want to fix everything. I am such a child sometimes….but I want to make it better. I suppose I’d have to deal with older generations and cultural upbringing. But the young people~ can’t peace and coexistence, tolerance and love for other humans begin with the young generation?
This kind of treatment of others goes against every fibre of my being. It’s deplorable, despicable. And, of course, it’s still prevalent in my country, which nauseates me no end. I did much teaching to my little ones about love for one another, no matter what color our skin is.
I said…let’s compare skin colors…mine is darker than “Bob’s”, “Karen’s” is darker than mine….does that mean we don’t like each other because our skin is darker or lighter than the person sitting next to you? Answer…no! ME: That’s right! WE are all PEOPLE. 🙂
One of my favorite books is: Whoever You Are, Wherever You Are, All Over The World, by Mem Fox, http://www.memfox.com/whoever-you-are.html ….” She writes: “there are children all over the world just like you. Their skin may be different from yours, their homes may be different from yours, (etc), but when they laugh, they laugh like you!, when they cry, they cry just like you (etc).” It is a wonderful book about tolerance and love, and so different from the norm. Worth checking out her site, too, because she talks about Writers…like you! 😉
I wanna get that book Judy! Thanks for mentioning it! 🙂 And you are such an awesome mom! Am sure your children thank you for raising them in such a beautiful way. It’s sad that not all kids get such an opportunity. Most kids grow up with a black and white approach to life, not knowing that there is grey in between. I want to be a good parent like you when I get the opportunity! 🙂 Thank you for awesome words!!
Now there’s a compliment that hits home with me. Thank you for the best compliment a parent can hear! Raising our kids was the “career” I felt was just as important than the nearly 30 years in teaching! Raising our own children to be good, kind, giving, tolerant and loving citizens and neighbors in their communities was utmost in our child rearing. And, you know what? They are! 🙂
I can tell by the way you speak in your poems….I know you will be an awesome parent, because you have such a caring attitude.
Hey! Anytime you want book titles….just let me know! 😉
That’s such a lovely memorial 🙂
and rightly erected.
intolerance should not be tolerated and we should do everything possible to discourage intolerance.
Thank you Amira. Intolerance, along with abuse, hatred…all those things we just can’t live with in our world.
VERY nice ‘photo essay’. It looks like an awesome work of art, I hope to visit it sometime. I went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC several years ago, spent a day & a half going through it. Memorials of ALL kinds are SO important.
Thanks for making me aware of this one:)
Thank you, MindMindful. I agree with you, memorials are important. Thank you for stopping by, and come back again!
Gorgeous colors… and finally caught up on reading your blog. One down 500+ to go. 😉
Thank you, Eliz. I know how you feel. I just can’t get to them all. I don’t even have as many as you!