REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST
from Travel + Leisure, August 1992
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At the entrance of Miami Beach’s new walk-through Holocaust Memorial (Dade Blvd. and Meridian Ave.), the statue of a mother with two children bears Anne Frank’s declaration, “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” A giant bronze hand stretches hauntingly 42 feet high, above the palm trees, the immense arm from which it extends is tattooed with a number and embraced by 100 life-size figures.
In a word: powerful. Yet the setting is tranquil—a circular lily pool, sculptures (conceived by architect-sculptor Kenneth Treister), colonnades of creamy Jerusalem stone overgrown with bougainvillea. Black marble walls are imprinted with illustrated chronologies of the Holocaust.
At the exit is another statue of the mother with her two children, here dead. Anne Frank speaks for them again: “Ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us only to meet the horrible truths and be shattered.”