The Holocaust is the most horrific event to occur in human history. It was a state’s created attempt toward the complete annihilation of European Jewry and created some of the most disturbing lessons of humanity’s capacity for genocide. Many American communities of all sizes have created a Memorial to show respect and honor those who were victims. Some survived; most did not. The Nashville Survivor community and their descendants have dreamed for many years about creating a Memorial and educational space. The intention is to recognize and honor their loved ones, many of whom have no graves, and to create an area for personal reflection. The site provides an educational opportunity to learn about the Holocaust through the history of Nashville Survivors and their families. They believe that the promise that they made to humanity, “Never Again to us or anyone,” is an obligation they must keep. This site will serve as a catalyst for future generations. Based on the wishes of the Survivors, The Gordon Jewish Community Center has donated the land for the Memorial. The area includes: a Memorial wall inscribed with the names of deceased Holocaust Survivors and victims, an eternal flame, a symbolic sculpture inspired by a Holocaust survivor who has passed away and a reflection area with seating. The Memorial is handicap accessible.
Description of the Memorial
The Holocaust may be receding into the past, but its lessons have and will continue
to be timely. Headlines continue to report incidents of anti-
It has been almost seventy years since the liberation of the death camps, and World War II. The number of eyewitnesses declines each day. As each year passes, the ability to sustain the important lessons learned becomes more challenging. The Holocaust has a unique role in history. Elie Wiesel has said, “While every victim was not a Jew, every Jew was a victim.” The Holocaust has a pivotal place in Jewish history but just as important for the future, a universal message for humanity. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum greets 2 million visitors a year. Not everyone is able to travel to Washington and so it is important to have local contact and impact. The Memorial’s goal is to sustain a significant physical reminder while creating an environment for learning and reflection.
Click on the star to the right to listen to Stacy Beyer’s song of rememberance, “It Will Never Happen Again.”