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boston holocaust memorial photoThe New England Holocaust Memorial is an outdoor space, open and accessible to the public at all times. It is located in Carmen Park on Congress Street near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.

The towers are lit internally to gleam at night. They are set on a black granite path, each one over a dark chamber emblazoned with the name of a death camp: MAJDANEK, SOBIBOR, AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, CHELMNO and BELZEC.

Each tower consists of 22 individual panels of glass. The outside walls of the panels are inscribed with seven-digit numbers, evoking the numbers tattooed on the arms of the concentration camp prisoners. Numbers are arranged in 8×10 blocks, each block having sets of six numbers arranged in a 6×6 grid.

A single panel contains 17,280 unique numbers, which are subsequently repeated throughout the memorial. In total there are 2,280,960 non-unique numbers listed on the 132 panels representing the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust.

The Memorial represents the effort of more than 3,000 individuals and organizations, coming together to create a vibrant beacon of memory—and hope foster memory of, and reflection on, one of the great tragedies of our time.

Inspired by a group of Holocaust survivors who found new lives in the Boston area, the New England Holocaust Memorial was built to foster reflection on the impact of bigotry and the outcomes of evil during World War II and to this day.

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Carmen Park on Congress Street, Boston, MA map

The Memorial is accessible by public transportation, walking distance (about 5-10 minutes) from the Haymarket MBTA station on the Green and Orange lines; Government Center on the Blue and Green Lines; and State Street on the Blue and Orange Lines.

It is located Carmen Park on Congress Street near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.


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