New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial (Nashua, NH)

Date Visited: March 5, 2016

Location: Rotary Common Park , 315 Main Street , Nashua, NH

Hours: Open every day,  24 hours day

Parking:  Parking is limited.  There are about half a dozen spots in the lot for the memorial.  There is ample parking across the street at the strip mall.

New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial

Dedicated on June 1, 2014, the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial is a thought provoking exhibit located off busy Main St in Nashua, New Hampshire, next to the Rotary Common Park.

DSC_0057

Designed by John Weidman, the memorial is a somber reminder to never forget.  The memorial does not have any religious symbols nor does it represent one particular race, nation or religion.  This was done purposefully.  The intent is for everyone of any background to be able to empathize with the victims, regardless of your own beliefs or lack thereof.     According to the website for the memorial, the design was inspired “by the belief that to empathize with those who endured the horrors of the Holocaust, one must – on some small level – experience a concentration camp itself.”  The memorial accomplishes this.

The railroad track used for the memorial is an actual railroad track that was donated by PanAm Railway.

DSC_0063

DSC_0065

 

There are several benches and monuments scattered around the area with quotes, phrases and names of those who sacrificed so that others may live as well as reminders of the war on children and homosexuals.  You may notice the rocks on top of some of the memorials.

It was early in the morning and there were a lot of shadows as it was a cloudless, sunny day.  I did my best to avoid casting shadows.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The main part of the memorial are the six engraved granite walls that encircle a brick column with a black granite cube.  Each of the walls has a name for the six concentration camps (Auschwitz, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek, Belzec and Chelmno).  Each of the granite walls have barbed wire and steel on them.

The black granite cube is meant to show that we are all connected through space and time while making us pause and reflect.

DSC_0121DSC_0134DSC_0099

This is an important memorial and reminder, especially during these difficult times.

 

 

 

 

 

About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

24 responses to “New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial (Nashua, NH)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: