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Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial in New Jersey by Julian King Architect
May 28th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Julian King Architect
An ethereal wall of over 100,000 glass bottles, representing those who survived the Nazi death camps-each with a personal message, rises out of the sand as a glimmering beacon of hope and testament to human resilience in the face of atrocity.
A call is put out for letters and photographs of the survivors, their words and images to be etched into solid bottles cast from recycled glass. Local students participate in the preliminary assembly of the bottle walls, which are then bound together in an innovative post tensioned design.
Built by the community and the world, the memorial attests to the fragile but enduring bonds of humanity. The messages in the bottles are at once personal and universal-the intimate words and faces of the memorial’s “castaways” invoke the Diaspora, while bearing witness to all those that suffered in the Shoah-healing the fragments of history and faith into a collective image of courage and redemption. To witness these messages is to participate in an act of salvation.
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