Art: New Colossus

Lidice, Czechoslovakia, is now a wheat field dotted with red poppies. People from the neighboring villages have cleared a 25-foot-square plot in the center of the field, and erected a small crucifix marked "Here Lie the Bodies of Lidice's Victims. Murdered June 10, 1942 by the German Invaders."

This week Manhattan's "Lidice Memorial Committee" announced plans for a grander ($1,500,000) monument: an "open cathedral." Details:

"The world shrine, a gigantean granite Altar to Freedom, will rise 250 feet. . . . Each column of the vast colonnade . . . will commemorate a martyr...