Sofie H - Robert E. Bell Middle School
This is my memorial to the victims of the Holocaust
I cannot relate to the horrors they went through. I cannot tell them that everything is
going to be all right. I do not have enough tears for all the victims that died and for
all the tragedies the survivors had to live through. I cannot let the memories of the
Holocaust get lost in time. That is way it is important to remind the world that the
terror they went through should never be repeated. That is why I am making this memorial,
for the victims of the Holocaust and for their stories, which should never be forgotten.
The circular box represents how the world is connected. The Holocaust was a worldwide
affair, a timeless tragedy, which could only be represented by a circle. Just as the
circle never ends, so the memory of the Holocaust must continue forever, to remind people
all over the world that this appalling nightmare can never be repeated.
The outside of the box is decorated with around one hundred names of victims of the
Holocaust. Some of these people survived the Holocaust; some of those are alive today. But
most of these names are of children who died in the Holocaust.
I used blue tissue paper and white printer paper because blue and white are the colors
of the Israeli flag. Yellow is the color of the star the Jews had to wear in the ghetto.
When you look at this memorial you will see the sand, which represents the multitudes of
people who were affected by the Holocaust. The uncountable grains of sand represent each
of the eleven million who perished, the six million Jews and the five million other
minorities. There is also sand for every man and woman who helped save the life of a
victim of the Holocaust, for every man or woman who died in battle trying to overpower the
Nazis, for every person who sat by the radio in the safety of their own home with tears in
their eyes, because all they could do was have faith and pray.
The mirror gives us, the world, the chance to reflect on our actions, to reflect on the
death of the millions of lives that were brutally murdered. It reminds us that we should
not only be looking at ourselves on the surface but inside us as well. The mirror gives us
a chance to improve on what we see reflected for the future, not only our appearance but
also our behavior.
But this mirror is shattered.
The mirror is shattered to represent the eleven million slaughtered humans whose lives
were "shattered" because of their race and religion. The mirror is shattered
into seven pieces, the seven days of creation, which gives us hope. We can recreate the
world, and work to rebuild a global community based on acceptance and peace, not hatred.
The candle is a symbol for the human race. A candle is like human life, it breathes
oxygen, lives and dies. The candle is also a way to mourn for the dead in the Jewish
religion. When a family member dies a candle burns for 24 hours. This candle wont
burn for 24 hours, but it will be our way of mourning for the people who died during the
My generation is the last generation to be able to hear first hand the stories of
survivors. It is important that we are educated to pass on the memories of these terrible