When fear is broken
when its heavy hand has fallen
with all the explosions
with the scares
there are a symbols of redemption.
O. Stephen Peart. 2020 © All rights reserved
Throughout our history, there has been memorable moments of atrocities. However, those moments have not gone forgotten, as symbols of redemption have taken the place to remind us of the past so that this is not repeated. It is interesting to see the courage taken by these countries as they strive towards reconciliation.
November 1991, the Berlin Wall came down. A monument and parts of the wall reminds in some parts of the city. The wall serves as an ever-present reminder of Berlin’s turbulent past, but also its triumphant recovery.
Nagasaki Peace Park and the Peace Statue
Established in 1955, and near to the hypocenter of the explosion, remnants of a concrete wall of Urakami Cathedral can still be seen. Urakami Cathedral was the grandest church in east Asia at the time. At the park’s north end is the 10-meter-tall Peace Statue created by sculptor Seibo Kitamura of Nagasaki Prefecture. The statue’s right hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons while the extended left hand symbolizes eternal peace. The mild face symbolizes divine grace and the gently closed eyes offer a prayer for the repose of the bomb victims’ souls. The folded right leg and extended left leg signify both meditation and the initiative to stand up and rescue the people of the world. The statue represents a mixture of western and eastern art, religion, and ideology. Installed in front of the statue is a black marble vault containing the names of the atomic bomb victims and survivors who died in subsequent years.
Germany Opens a Nazi Museum
70 years ago, Munich was known as the cradle of Nazism — it’s the place where Hitler founded the Nazi party, headquartered its operations and planned much of the Holocaust. Now, as the city continues to come to terms with its checkered past, it has opened a new Nazi museum to make sure it’s never forgotten.
I hope these lessons set for us, will inspire the next generation to break free from the systems that seek to oppress others and not value their lives.