Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Rachel Weeping


Today, 43 years ago, Waffen SS soldiers attacked the Warsaw Ghetto. You can read more about it here, but it was a heroic/bittersweet moment for Jews during WWII. I chose today instead of Holocaust Remembrance Day because of a story I heard on NPR this morning. I like the story of resistance.

Called "Rachel Weeping for her Children", this statue was dedicated in 1987 and tucked into the side yard of the Sacred Heart Cathedral. It's the the only public Holocaust memorial in the USA to be commissioned by a Roman Catholic diocese, as well as the first in Virginia. The cathedral is located within Virginia Commonwealth University's campus and I vividly remember the first time I noticed the statue. I was moved to tears.

You can read more about the statue's construction and symbolism, as well as view a full picture on Linda Glissen's website (the artist).

Posted by mea at 7:12 AM

6 Comments

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    That is a beautiful statue. I may share it with my kids!
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    Great picture
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