New England Holocaust Memorial

I was quite moved by the simple, yet powerful message of the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston.

"The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts"

New England Holocaust Museum

There is a path that runs beneath the six glass towers representing the main Nazi concentration camps — Majdanek, Chelmno, Sobibor, Treblinka, Belzec, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Etched in the glass are six million numbers for the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust.

"The tall towers of the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts"At one end of the path is a granite slab engraved with this famous quotation by Martin Niemoeller:

“THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

THEN THEY CAME for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

For more information: New England Holocaust Memorial

The New England Holocaust Memorial is located on the Freedom Trail between Congress and Union Streets near Faneuil Hall.

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39 thoughts on “New England Holocaust Memorial

    1. Cathy Post author

      I was surprised when we came across it. The effort to create a memorial there was started by a group of concentration camp survivors who live in the Boston area.

  1. Carol

    I had never seen the quote by Martin Niemoeller that you shared, but it definitely awakened something in me reading it. I think Martin Luther King has a quote that makes me feel the same way… “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I strive to live a life integrity, and I am thankful for the reminders from others along the way.

  2. Turkey's For Life

    I’ve heard this quote before – so important. We travelled back to Turkey via Eastern Europe once (2006, I think) just for a change from flying direct to Turkey from the UK. There are so many memorials, museums, centres, like this and you can’t ignore them. Really glad we did the journey. A moving experience but an amazing trip, too.
    Julia

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