As I wandered the neighborhoods near my hotel, I came across an interesting memorial in Budapest‘s Freedom Square.  It is important to note that, unlike the majority of occupied countries oppressed by the Nazi regime, like Austria, the Netherlands, and Poland, Hungary was actually an Axis power along with Germany, Italy, and Japan during World […]

Mentioned in my Shoes on the Danube and Emanuel Tree posts, Raoul Wallenberg was one of many heroes who worked hard to save Hungary’s Jews during World War II.  He had such a profound impact that there are several memorials to him throughout Budapest, including this one that I passed in a neighborhood on the Pest […]

From the Shoes on the Danube to the Emanuel Tree, Budapest has several memorials for the Hungarian Jews killed during World War II and the heroes that risked their lives to protect them.  Standing in a park behind the Great Synagogue named after one of the heroes, Raoul Wallenberg, stands a beautiful, but heartbreaking weeping willow memorial. […]

As part of a public art project, German painter Gunter Demnig installed his first Stolperstein (literally “stumbling block”) in 1995 in Cologne, Germany. Over the past 20 years, the small, cobblestone-shaped memorials have grown into what’s been called the largest decentralized memorial in the world, honoring the victims of the Nazi regime, both survivors and those who […]

Also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Holocaust Memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. A New Yorker article from 2012 referred to it as “inadequate,” and I find myself agreeing with that assessment. If you approach the site from the Brandenburg Gate, as I imagine many […]

While my daughter practiced at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts earlier this week, I snuck off to take a few night shots of downtown Kansas City.  Dedicated in 1926, the Liberty Memorial is an Egyptian Revival limestone memorial dedicated to the soldiers who perished in World War I that stands tall on a […]

I don’t think I’ve climbed the Arch of Triumph since I was a kid, so I made a point of that being my one after-hours activity the one night I had available this trip to Paris.  I noticed an abundance of police officers in the Metro and in the tunnels under L’Etoile leading to the […]