As you approach the memorial you see a circular row of trees. These trees represent life outside of the enclosed fence of the concentration camps.At the entry to the memorial you will see a bronze plaque which gives a chronology of the systematic deprivation by law of the civil rights, jobs, property and life of "non-Aryans" by the Nazi party. Inside the history pedestal is buried an urn containing the verified names of 12,000 Righteous Gentiles who hid or assisted those condemned by Nazi regime during the years of the Holocaust.
At the heart of the memorial are seven larger
than life bronze figures representing the people and different
aspects of the Holocaust. The standing man is intended to be
defiant and accusing. He in part represents the resistance of
the Jews and others that fought the Nazi tyranny. (Note the
left forearm on this man bears the number tattooed on a local
The other figures are of a mother with two
children begging for mercy, a boy from the ghetto, a rabbi praying,
and finally the figure behind the group, a man alone, silent,
dying. His death represents bigotry, ignorance, and hatred taken
to its inevitable end.
The faces and representations at the memorial
were taken from actual photographics and news footage researched
by the artist at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington
seven figures are mounted on a double-tiered Star of David 20
feet across. The block granite is etched with a map of Europe
indicating the location of the many concentration camps as well
as the number of persons who perished.
The cobblestone and light standards are replicas
of those at Auschwitz. Placed between the light posts are eleven
bas reliefs telling the story of the Holocaust. A plaque located
adjacent to each details the specific scene represented.
This memorial includes extensive provisions
for educating people of all ages, races, and religions about
the period of the Holocaust. It is a lesson about denial of
basic civil rights. The monument memorializes lost parents,
children, loved ones, and millions of innocent people. It is
a place of respect, of respite, of mourning and of remembrance.
It is also a monument of hope -- hope that we can overcome bigotry
and live amongst diversity in peace.
Project created by the Desert Holocaust
JEWISH FEDERATION OF PALM SPRINGS
Also: The Art of
Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Fred Waring Dr. & San Pablo Ave.
Palm Desert, CA