When you enter into the site you see the bench and the large stone walls down the path. At first you don’t see the small bronze items that are around you. Then you notice a crush suitcase then a teddy bear, a doll on a bench a baby shoe and broken spectacles on the stone path. You remember seeing the photos and movies when they were shoved on the trains to be taken away and what was left behind. You have now boarded the train as you walk down the path to the wall and a chance to never forget.
“The Oregon Holocaust Memorial, dedicated August 29, 2004, serves as a permanent reminder of the Holocaust, the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators from 1933 to 1945. Millions were murdered because of their political or religious beliefs, physical and mental disabilities, sexual orientation, or assistance to the persecuted. By teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and visiting the Memorial, we pay homage to those who lost their lives during that period. Further, there is hope that we can encourage future generations to be accepting of all people.”