Liberation Memorial, Jersey City

Ben-Zion Sarfaty

Located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, the Liberation Memorial depicts a soldier carrying a survivor out of a Nazi concentration camp. The statue memorializes the soldiers who served in Europe during WWII as well as the many lives that were lost during the Holocaust.

What surprised me at first about the memorial was that the history of another country was being depicted, and not that of America, in such a prominent location. Liberty State Park is visited by many people annually, and from it two iconic American images, The Statue of Liberty and the New York City Skyline, can be seen. Historically, America favored only monuments which commemorated American history.

Finally, this memorial encouraged me to think of other monuments, depicting the history of other nations, which are located in prominent American locations. For example, The New England Holocaust Memorial, located in Boston, Massachusetts, memorializes the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust during World War II.

 

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About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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