Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Man's inhumanity to man

There are times when one is seemingly not looking for anything of significance when it appears.

Such was the case a number of years ago when visiting the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

My wife and I had entered the museum and viewed the displays within. Maybe it was too warm inside or I just got tired of all the modern art and decided to go outside.

I just walked around and shot some scenic pictures from the top of the hill on which the museum sits.

I was making my way along the sidewalk which encircles the parking area. It was a beautiful day outside and the skies were clear.

I shot some photos of the displays in the area and then upon almost ending my walk along the west side of the parking lot I came upon a display.

It was a stark reminder of man's inhumanity to man.

The "Holocaust Memorial" display was created by pop artist George Segall. The work was dedicated in November, 1984.

The artwork is simple and carries such a powerful message about the atrocities that occurred in Europe during World War II.

I spent a few minutes photographing the scenes. I tried to get an understanding of how they must have felt.

But I knew it was impossible. 

How can anyone standing in freedom and not faced with the prospects of  such incarceration ever have any idea of their terror.

Next post: Nov. 8, 2011

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