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. Although I’m very familiar with downtown White Plains, I had never actually seen the garden. Located at 148 Martine Ave. right next to the Michaelian Office Building, it is a bit tucked away. I promised myself I’d go to see the garden and bring my camera – and I finally managed to do so on 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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