Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Jewish Ghetto of Venice

Deciding to stay an extra day in Venice allowed us to take a very long walk to spend time in the Jewish Ghetto section of the city. We discovered this Holocaust memorial comemmorating the Jews of Venice that had died during World War II. It is comosped of bas-relief panels created by artist Arbit Blatas. Each panel illustrates another facet of their experiences, such as mass graves, concentration camps, and cattle cars full of children. A plaque reads:
"Men, women, and children
masses for the gas chambers
advancing towards horrors beneath
the whip of the executioners.
Your sad holocaust is engraved in history
and nothing shall purge your deaths from our memories
for our memories are your only graves."

It was an unexpected, moving, and somber part of our trip.


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