Photographer's Note

This is a scene from Boston's Holocaust Memorial, a famous feature of the downtown district of the city. Located across the street from Boston's City Hall and just a couple blocks from the famed Fanueil Hall Marketplace, the memorial - six hollow glass towers, meant to evoke the chimneys of gas chambers, each tower etched with numbers like those worn by victims of Hitler's Holocaust - occupies a central place in Boston's busiest area.

The symbolism of the memorial is impressive. The six towers represent the gas chambers, but also the six death camps of the Holocaust. They also represent the six million Jews killed during World War II, with one million numbers etched into each tower. Others have suggested a connection to the six branches of a menorah. Steam rises from grates under each tower, and the grates themselves form a pedestrian walkway taking visitors through all six towers. Inside, there are prominent quotes etched in secondary panes of glass - poems, statements, thoughts on the Holocaust itself.

The memorial is not easy to photograph in its entirety; it is surrounded by trees, making a full view quite difficult. Instead of trying, I spent a while looking for a more unique, detailed view that might express its power without attempting to describe its whole. What I came up with was this - the warped view of a passer-by through the glass from inside one of the towers. The numbers - all of them randomly generated but standing in for real victims and survivors - are visible here, helping to blur the view beyond.

An alternate view, showing the full memorial from a side angle, is in WS.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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