Desert Holocaust Memorial, Palm Springs
OK, you're on vacation, here to relax and have fun. Do you really want to see a memorial to millions of Holocaust victims? We thought about that for a few minutes, and then went to see it. It is definitely worth seeing. The Holocaust Memorial is a place of remembrance, but also a very good way to get a solid overview and understanding of the Holocaust and its victims. We had two school age kids with us, and taking the time from their holiday to have this learning experience was a good idea.
The memorial is full of symbolism and depictions of events surrounding the Holocaust. The main part is a large Star of David, upon which are statues representing several types of people who were victims. Ringing the center are eleven bas reliefs telling the story of the Holocaust. At the entry to the memorial there is a history pedestal that contains an urn with names of 12,000 Righteous Gentiles who assisted those condemned by the Nazis.
In the Palm Desert Civic Park there are other things to see, including landscaped waterways, several sculptures and statues (some golfers), some traditional and others more whimsical.
What can I say? This is a beautiful cemetery in Palm Springs, California famous for the many people from the World's Stage who are eternally resting within. Go to the office for a printed map of the famous people who are buried here. They were very pleasant when I requested the location of Frank Sinatra's resting place, and I imagine they get that request quite often. Some of the famous resting here include Frank Sinatra ("The Best Is Yet To Come, Beloved Husband And Father"), along with his father Anthony, mother Natialie ("Beloved Mother, Grand Mother and Great Grandmother") and uncle Vincent Mazzola, along with Jilly Rizzo (He Was The Best), Sonny Bono ("And The Beat Goes On"), Bobbe Van Heusen ("Forever Singing In The Rain") and James Van Heusen ("Swinging On A Star, With Love, Bobbe").