The Holocaust Memorial Garden – White Plains NY – Because we must never forget…

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605

The Holocaust Memorial Garden - White Plains NYA 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.

 The Holocaust Memorial Park – Because we must never forget…

©2012 – Ruthmarie G. Hicks – – All rights reserved.


Comments (10)

MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Thank you for sharing this, we must remember to stand up for what's right.

Aug 11, 2012 05:41 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Ruthmarie, what an excellent post and a real credit to you. Congratulations, this post is being featured in the ActiveRainPhotoBlogger group. Well done!
Aug 11, 2012 05:43 PM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Ruthmarie, no, we must never forget, unless it happen again. Your photo looks like a painting. Thank you,

Aug 11, 2012 06:00 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Your PhotoBlog Post has been Featured in the ActiveRainPhotoBlogger Group

Congratulations Ruthmarie!

Aug 11, 2012 06:15 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Ruthmarie..... beautifully written post....and we must never forget....

Aug 11, 2012 09:27 PM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Very touching post... and I agree with all that said "we must never forget"...  I also agree that your photo looks like a painting... Beautiful...

Aug 11, 2012 10:17 PM
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

Thanks for the post.We need to always to be reminded that freedom isnt free. The holocaust victims suffered unspeakable persecution for no good reason.

Aug 11, 2012 11:40 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Michelle - As the "greatest generation" is really starting to pass on - it is important to note that most of us were not born during that era.  That's when the danger of reliving history begins.   Our country has an appalling lack of regard for history in general as we seem to fail over and over again to learn from it - or at least keep the lessons of the past alive. 

Hi William - I'm hoping that the blog will bring out a few more people to actually see the garden.  Its really so obscure, it is difficult to find.  Even though I finally knew that it was there - finding it was wasn't a breeze because it was dwarfed by the massive building next to it (the one one you see in the background) that takes up an entire block.  The block is heavily trafficed and is a four-lane artery running one way only.  

Hi Barbara - No - we must never forget that time.  As the previous generation fades from sight, the atrocities of the Nazi era must be kept in plain sight. 

Hi Richard and Beth, thank you. 

Hi Carolyn - It was something that happened when people needed a scapegoat.  There had been a world war and a massive depression.  People wanted to blame "someone".  The lesson from history is history as that when we seek to lay blame we should look in the mirror.  

Note:  A couple of you mentioned that the photo looks like a painting.  So this is an FYI - the photo looks like a painting because it was taking using High Dynamic Range (HDR).  Its the blending of three photos taken at three separate exposures. 


Aug 12, 2012 01:11 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Ruthmarie,

Great picture and you are so right as we must never forget.

My husband and I went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC a few years ago and it was so memorable. I do not think we said more than 20 words the whole 3 hours we were there. I think if I had spoken, I would have started crying. I bought a book at the bookstore that had pictures drawn by a little girl. Very memorable but unfortunately she did not survive and the pictures were found and published later. Thanks for helping NYC get the nice memorial. Happy Monday!

Aug 13, 2012 02:45 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I can't immagine a more beautiful tribute! Wonderful layout and landscape. May we never forget! Blessings to all!

Aug 16, 2012 01:43 PM