New England Holocaust Memorial
Situated in Carmen Park, just along Congress and Union Street, The New England Holocaust Memorial is a must see landmark when visiting Boston. Thousands of visitors flock to this inspirational memorial each year.
The New England Holocaust Memorial consists of six glass towers that stand fifty-four feet high. To symbolize the six million Jews that died in the Holocaust, there are six million numbers etched into the six glass towers. These exquisite towers are set into a black granite pathway. Chambers are constructed at the bottom of each tower and are inscribed with the names of the main Nazi concentration camps. Coals that are smoldering beneath the surface release smoke while emitting light on the inscribed camp names. The New England Holocaust Memorial educates visitors on the history of this period through inscriptions along the pathways of the memorial and in between the towers. Visitors are greeted with the words "Remember" inscribed on the first tower as well as when they leave the last tower. The word is used to stimulate deep thoughts into prejudice and persecution in today's society. Facts about the Holocaust are presented throughout the Memorial grounds. Inscribed on the base of the towers are personal testaments provided by survivors or witnesses to the Holocaust.
This inspirational masterpiece received two esteemed design awards in 1998. One of the awards was the Henry Bacon Medal for Memorial Architecture that is awarded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The second award is the Harleston Parker Medal awarded by the Boston Society of Architects. The AIA noted, upon awarding the prestigious medal, that the Memorial offers a solemn presence in the midst of an urban environment. Those words truly capture the energy of the New England Holocaust Memorial. Other notable recipients include the Statue of Liberty, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.
Additional high quality educational materials are available to groups that plan on touring the Memorial. If one desires, a tour guide can accommodate your group. Teachers and group leaders may request a study guide that assists in preparing attendees for what they will experience at the Memorial.