This heart-wrenching memorial is hard to miss and would be a shame to overlook. The powerful centerpiece, Kenneth Treister’s A Sculpture of Love and Anguish, depicts victims of the concentration camps crawling up a giant yearning hand stretching up to the sky, marked with an Auschwitz number tattoo. Along the reflecting pool is the story of the Holocaust, told in cut marble slabs. Inside the center of the memorial is a tableau that is one of the most solemn and moving tributes I’ve seen to the millions of Jews who lost their lives to the Nazis. You can walk through an open hallway lined with photographs and the names of camps and their victims. From the street, you’ll see the outstretched arm, but do stop and tour the sculpture at ground level.
- David Paul Appell