New England Holocaust Memorial, Boston

4.7
#6 of 36 in Museums in Boston
Just steps from Boston's Freedom Trail, New England Holocaust Memorial, created by survivors, serves as a sobering monument to the 6 million Jews killed between 1939 and 1945. The memorial is made up of six identical paneled glass towers, each representing a million of the dead; in addition, they pay homage to those killed at each of six major Nazi death camps during the period. You'll see that each tower is inscribed with different numbers, as well as quotes from camp survivors and messages about the nature of evil, history, and remembrance. You can wander the area yourself, but if you'd like a guided tour, arrange for one ahead of time through the memorial's website. With our international travel planner, Boston attractions like New England Holocaust Memorial can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Over six million numbers are etched into the glass of six towers; one number for each person who was killed during such a dark period of humanity. Very touching and saddening. Thankfully it is...  more »
  • Walking through this at night in the winter has such a profound effect with the steam rising, the quietness (despite being in the city).  more »
  • This is a beautiful way to remember a tragic event. I thought it was remarkable how far those six small towers took me as I walked through each one. As you progress through the clear towers the...  more »
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  • A phenomenal memorial, anyone giving less than 5 stars is insane. The thought put into it is fantastic, and despite being in the middle of a busy city you still can walk in and be completely in your own world. No fee to get in, no staff, don't plan on this being more than a 25 minute experience unless you have planned something special. My group only took about 10 minutes to go through but you could take more or less depending on how impacted you are by the memorial.
  • In some ways more effective than a stand alone museum. I saw many people happen upon it, interrupting their walk through Boston, not knowing what it was until they began reading the stories and tilting their heads up to see the staggering amount of serial numbers displayed. Beautifully done, gets me every time.
  • Emotional experience.... They have steam coming up the group, which if you stand right there makes it hard to breathe. That makes you start to wonder how they suffered so much more than just steam for long periods of time. There are quotes from the survivors of the holocaust, which is from someone's son, daughter, brother, sister, parent of the people that were killed. Gives a sick feeling knowing how the survivors must have felt looking at such gruesome things happening to the ones they love.
  • Very well-done memorial. The towers with the victims’ numbers going all the way up help to imagine the sheer magnitude of 6 million. Very moving with the quotes from survivors. Took about 10-15 minutes to read the quotes and walk through—definitely worth a visit.
  • Heart-breaking and brutal monument, "nice" walk through. Pumping hot air from underneath while reading the memoirs is a thoughtful addition that enriches the experience of the visit.
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