A few months ago I wrote a blog at the request of the White Plains Beautification Foundation. They were raising money for a new Cedar of Lebanon evergreen tree for the Holocaust Memorial Garden. I have to admit that this surprised me because I was unaware of the Garden’s existence until that time. Located at 148 Martine Ave. right next to the Michaelian Office Building, it is a bit tucked away. I decided to try and find the garden and eventually did, but never got back with my camera until this past Thursday.
The Gates of Remembrance dominate the garden. They were created by the sculptor Rita Rapaport in 1992. They memorialize the lives lost and the suffering of millions during the Nazi era. The posts of the Gates remind me of flames. The plaques represent the concentration camps (barbed wire) the prisoners held in the camps (a piece of torn fabric with a prisoner’s number) Kristallnacht (the Bible in flames) and the Ten Commandments (broken tablets).
The Gates of remembrance are a powerful, massive and solemn image juxtaposed against the tranquil background of a peaceful garden.
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