Welcome realistic Holocaust memorial

first_imgThis letter is in response to those opposed to the Niskayuna Holocaust memorial. I’m sickened and downright appalled that members of the community would be so against something that would honor the millions of lives lost. The Holocaust is a part of history that all need to understand. I believe the proposed plans for the memorial will provide a realistic view of how it was for the poor people whose lives were lost.The realistic train and gate will invoke a feeling of empathy, while providing real-life references to aid in understanding. The idea of having to find the memorial behind vegetative screening is ridiculous.  I urge those opposed to take the time to educate yourselves on the Holocaust; read books, watch documentaries, look at pictures. I would be honored to live near this memorial, and I am looking forward to being able to visit and volunteer. Lastly, to the woman who said, and I quote, “I did not move in [to Niskayuna] to be next to a Holocaust concentration camp,” you don’t and won’t live next to a Holocaust concentration camp.You will live next to a place that remembers those who were lost there; a place to reflect and teach so that no person ever lives next to concentration camp again. Your words reflect a lack of understand and concern. I urge you to especially read and learn. Then maybe insensitive comments like yours won’t be quoted in the paper. To those who brought this project forward, I commend you. You are truly visionaries. You help us remember that compassion and empathy are still needed in our world today.Ashley BakerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

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