Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day in which we remember the six million Jews and so many others who were murdered during World War II by the Nazi's. The Greater New Haven Holocaust Memorial sits in Edgewood Park on Whalley Avenue and was dedicated in 1977. It was the first such memorial to be built on public space.
There are six large prongs to represent six million Jews who were murdered in the various death camps. Holding the prongs together is a barbed wire replica to represent the imprisonment in the camps. In the base of the memorial is interred earth and ashes from Auschwitz.
The base of the memorial is the Star of David and there are six trees planted. The granite stones above bearing the names of the death camps surround the perimeter of the main memorial. The architect for the project was Augustus Franzoni of Stamford, Connecticut.
May their memory be for a blessing
and may we never forget.