Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Hono

Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Hono, San Francisco

Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Hono

Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Hono
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bill s
San Francisco, CA666 contributions
Moving
Jun 2020
The Legion oh Honor is an outstanding location for this memorial. the simple display eliminates millions of words. See this!
Written 14 June 2020
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davmar97
Binghamton, NY113 contributions
Humbling Experience
Feb 2020
We visited on a sunny, warm day. We liked the plaques surrounding the memorial. It was a very humbling experience.
Written 18 February 2020
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Liamsmamo
Stuart, FL230 contributions
Impressive
May 2019 • Couples
We happened to park at the far left in the parking lot directly in front of the Palace of the Legion of Honor. There is a large sign for the Holocaust Memorial. It looks like it’s a low wall with memorials on it and an outstanding view of the Pacific through the trees. It’s only when you walk close that you see the memorial over the wall. It’s powerful and moving.
Written 14 May 2019
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Brian K
Schenectady, NY644 contributions
Amazing
Apr 2019 • Couples
This place is amazing and beautiful building beautiful museum with incredible artwork and statues and sculptures. The outside has beautiful flowers and plants and the scenery with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Well worth the price of admission which is not that high $15
Written 8 April 2019
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,082 contributions
Jarring
Mar 2019 • Solo
Even after having seen pictures of the memorial online, I was still shocked by this memorial to the six million Jews that lost there lives during WWII (that includes over a million children). It is a stark image with little detail but it isn’t needed in this situation. If you are at the Legion of Honor be sure to spend a few minutes here.
Written 10 March 2019
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Thangam M
Chennai1,466 contributions
“In remembrance is the secret of redemption”
May 2018 • Family
One of the most scenic places in all of San Francisco is the Palace of the Legion of Honour in Lincoln Park. Just a level down from the Legion parking lot, one almost stumbles upon the George Segal sculpture called the Holocaust Memorial or ‘The Survivor’. It is a striking piece of emotional art – raw, chilling, disturbing and intensely thought provoking.

Made of bronze and painted white, this sculpture overlooking the Golden Gate was installed in 1984. There was apparently much controversy over the location of this sculpture – that it was a jarring intrusion, an uncomfortable reminder, that a memorial to a chilling atrocity should not mar such an ethereally sublime landscape.

However, its creator George Segal carried the day with his reasoning that the onlooker who might see death while facing the sculpture could turn around to see life while facing the Golden Gate. He famously said: “sometimes it’s more painful to be standing and surviving”.

At first glance, this sculpture depicts eleven victims of the infamous Nazi concentration camps, one of whom stands at a barbed wire looking out. However, art critics and connoisseurs point out that Segal’s work has Biblical references.

The heaped bodies on the ground look like a star or a cross. With outstretched arms, one of the figures reminds us of Christ crucified, while a woman holding a partially eaten apple recalls the original sin.

The one man standing, the survivor at the barbed wire fence looking at us with his back to the heap of bodies on the ground behind him, is thought to derive from photographer Margaret Bourke-White’s iconic picture of Holocaust survivors just after they were liberated by American troops at the Buchenwald concentration camp.

One art connoisseur has it that the standing figure is a visible manifestation of the psychic limbo in which the Holocaust survivor was caught, poised forever between the past and future and with the indelible memory of horror and loss.

This sculpture has apparently been the target of graffiti and defacement attacks since the beginning. Right until he passed on in the year 2000, Segal was never perturbed as he felt that these attacks are a constant reminder that prejudice exists, that mankind has this far been unable to leave it behind.

Looking at this sculpture is certainly disturbing and uncomfortable – to know that we as humans are capable of inflicting such unspeakable cruelties on one another – and we aren’t done yet. Genocide and chemical warfare are still on in various parts of the world.

A quote attributed to the anonymous artist Banksy: “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”. The Holocaust Memorial at the California Palace of the Legion of Honour certainly does both.

The plaque at the Holocaust Memorial ends with these lines: “In remembrance is the secret of redemption” – that certainly is a truth for the ages.
Written 19 December 2018
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TravelinSuz
Chandler, AZ936 contributions
Haunting homage near legion of fine arts
Sep 2017 • Friends
On the north side of the parking lot for legion of fine arts. It’s a small memorial, but poignant and has a nice view of the strait.
Written 23 August 2018
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK2,983 contributions
Peaceful setting, moving reminder
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is a moving reminder of human atrocities. It is a peaceful setting opposite the Legion of Honour (across the car park) with lovely views behind. It would however be quite easy to miss it as I didn't see any signs. We were on a tour of Golden Gate Park so were taken to it.
Written 13 August 2018
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ10,987 contributions
Powerful Reminder in Stunning Setting
Jan 2018 • Solo
I came across this compelling Holocaust Memorial when walking by the parking lot across from the Legion of Honor museum. Created by sculptor George Segal and erected in 1984, the installation displays life-size, naked bronze bodies that have been painted white.They sprawl on the ground close together, obviously deceased and projecting agony. A clothed man in front of this grouping stands by a barbed-wire fence, his right hand holding the metal.

The memorial took me by surprise. I had walked up to the perimeter wall that blocks it on top of a small hill to look out at a splendid view of forested Lincoln Park gradually descending to the Pacific Ocean. The Golden Gate Bridge, partially camouflaged by vegetation, also appears in the scene. But when I looked below, there was the haunting tableau. Plaques on the wall in front of me included a list of the concentration camps and killing centers.

I wended my way down the hill to the base via a path in the small garden that contributes to the memorial for a closer look. Lest We Forget kept running through my mind.
Written 17 January 2018
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BirgM
Portland, OR141 contributions
Disappointing
Mar 2017
There was no sign, we walked into it by accident and nothing explained, you have to know it's there and what it is about. Very disappointing
Written 25 March 2017
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