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August 24, 2017

The Hall of Remembrance

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:31 am

The Altar in the Jewish Hall of Remembrance in Washington, DC

The 6,000 square-foot Hall of Remembrance, shown in the photo above, is on the second floor of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. It is at the end of the tour of the permanent exhibit in the museum.

This is a quiet, solemn place, like a church, where visitors can breathe a sigh of relief after the unsettling experience of viewing the horrors of the Nazi regime.

The Hall of Remembrance has 6 sides which represent the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, and the 6-pointed Star of David, which is the Jewish emblem. The Hall is three stories high and there is a 6-sided skylight at the top, which is shown in the photo below.

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Skylight at Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

As you enter the Museum, the first thing that you see is a rectangular block of black marble, topped by an eternal flame, as shown in the photo at the top of my blog post.

There are no real windows in the room but shafts of light are provided by narrow glass-covered slits at the four exterior corners of the building, as shown on the left in the photo above.

The floor of the Museum is polished marble in a hexagonal pattern. The 6 walls of the Hall of Remembrance have black marble panels, engraved with the names of the major concentration camps in Poland and Germany. The 6 death camps, where the Jews were allegedly gassed, are on a separate panel.

On the other side of the hall, opposite the eternal flame, are two speaker’s stands, one on each side, resembling a pulpit in a church. It is from one of these stands that the President of the United States delivers his speech on his annual visit to the Hall on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The photograph, at the top of this blog post, shows a closeup of a black marble block, evocative of a coffin, which contains dirt from 38 of the concentration camps in Europe. The dirt was brought to America in urns, like those used by the Nazis for the ashes of the victims who were cremated, and in a touching ceremony, the dirt was deposited inside the block by Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. Dirt from a cemetery in Europe where American soldiers are buried was also included, in honor of the American liberators of the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps.

The black marble panel on the wall behind the eternal flame has the inscription: “Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”

The Hall of Remembrance is the only part of the museum where photography is allowed. No flash photography is permitted, but there is enough light in the room so that flash is not necessary. There are benches around the room where groups of students congregate to have a souvenir photograph taken.

The 6-sided skylight at the top of the Hall of Remembrance is shown in the photo above. The number 6 is of great importance in the story of the Holocaust. After the Jewish population of Palestine reached the magic number of 600,000, the country of Israel was born in 1948.

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5 Comments »

  1. Once again,this is off topic. Kurt Walheim. You see all these Jews come forward and say,” I recognize that German . He worked the gas house “. Guy is arrested and put on trial . I read where it said Kurt “did/didn’t have” anything to do with deporting Jews . Which is it ?

    Comment by Tim — August 26, 2017 @ 7:37 pm

    • An international committee of historians found no evidence that Kurt Waldheim did have anything to do with deporting Jews or any “war crime” (if the term means anything but the postwar pseudo-judicial lynching of some defeated enemies by a gang of sanctimonious and hypocritical victors).

      Comment by hermie — August 27, 2017 @ 7:43 am

  2. Furtherglory wrote: “This is a quiet, solemn place, like a church, where visitors can breathe a sigh of relief after the unsettling experience of viewing the horrors of the Nazi regime.”

    A collection of close-up photos of typhus victims taken in a country bombed back to the Stone Age is not “the unsettling experience of viewing the horrors of the Nazi regime.” It is just the disturbing experience of falling for the shameless tricks of talented atrocity propagandists.

    No surprise. Roosevelt had decided to focus on the German concentration camps for propaganda purposes several years before such scenes could be seen or even anticipated. Ditto for the US so-called free press and other mass media.

    Comment by hermie — August 24, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

    • What you quoted from my website was written sarcastically. I was imitating true believer websites.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 24, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

      • OK, I see. Sarcasm is not always easy to understand in a written text. Thank you for your clarification, FG.

        Comment by hermie — August 24, 2017 @ 3:59 pm


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