We walked fairly quickly through the Holcaust History Museum, a well lit, 200 yard long triangular concrete prism which is the centerpiece of the site because, as readers of the blog know, we’ve stopped at Holocaust Museums in every city along this trip. After a while, it gets very difficult to absorb more of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators against the Jews, Roma and other persecuted people during WWII.
Two ‘things’ really made an impact on me in the History Museum (below) that were different from what we’d seen before. As no pictures were allowed in the Museum, I wrote them down. One was a poem you may be familiar with written by Martin Nemoller, a German pastor:
Approximately 1.5 million Jews fought against the Nazis, as Allied soldiers in the resistance movement and in the ghettoes during WWII. The Monument to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives in the struggle. The following are photos of sculptures bythe partisan memorial.
|Titled 'In Memory of the Death March from Dachau.'|
There’s such an absence of color everywhere that seeing these flowers was refreshing.
The Children’s Memorial, hollowed out from an underground cavern, is a tribute to the approximately 1.5 million Jewish children who were killed during the Holocaust. As we walked through the memorial, a single pitch black room lit by 5 candles infinitely reflected in 500 mirrors, we heard a recording of names of murdered children, their ages and countries of origin. I found it very unnerving to walk in the room because it was so dark and thought the memorial very stark and frankly disappointing compared to the profoundly touching and emotional Children’s Memorial in
Photo of a boy who perished at
Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations Trees have been planted around the Yad Veshem site in honor of the non Jews who risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Hey, Polish girl, this one’s for you!
Warsaw Ghetto Square consists of 2 sculptures (one the leader of the Uprising and the other depicting the mass deportation of the Jews to the death camps) set in a wall of red bricks which symbolize the ghetto walls.
The Cattle Car – Memorial to the Deportees was established as a monument to the millions of Jews herded onto cattle cars and transported from all over
Our final stop was Partisans’ Panorama which pays tribute to the Jewish fighters who joined the partisans during the Holocaust. The sculptor chose the tree as a symbol of the partisan fighter whose life depended on the forest and its trees as a place to hide.
Seeing the Panorama at a distance especially knowing the sculptor’s intention; however seeing it up close was unsettling to me.
|We were the only foreigners entering the Old City at this time.|
Arabs sure love their sweets judging from the number of candy shops in the
As we walked past, these 2 girls said hello to us and asked us our names and said theirs were Angela and Jessica!
We finally knew once and for all we were in the Christian Quarter because so many of the homes had crosses on their doors and one said ‘God Blees our Home.’
We’ve seen men ever since our first days in Turkey carrying glass cups of tea or coffee to the merchants in the bazaars or markets but this was the first time I was able to get a picture of it.
Photo of Amer (pronounced Amir), a shopkeeper in the Christian Quarter I bought some items from at the end of the day on Friday. Steven had just bought a falafel which he was eating while I was looking in the shop. Amir kindly gave Steven, whom he kept calling Brother as do all the other shopkeepers, a can of pop, lots of napkins and a chair to sit on – very astute businessman!
Walking back from Jaffa Gate along