Sunday, April 11, 2010
Holocaust Remembrance Project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
USA: Holocaust Remembrance Project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
I visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) this weekend with my son (who has been accepted and is considering attending in the fall). I was impressed with the campus, and noted the prominent placement of a project to mark Yom ha-Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) created by RPI students. The project is an installation of thousands of colored flags on the former sports field near the center of campus. The colors denote different groups of victims of Nazi policies of destruction, murder and genocide.
The installation was created by the campus's Holocaust Remembrance Committee, a group of students "dedicated to raising awareness, commemorating, and providing a forum for students, faculty, staff, and the community to reflect on how the Holocaust and Holocaust commemoration can be meaningful to us today."