Obj. ID: 44045
Modern Jewish Art Holocaust Memorial at Temple Beth Israel in Deerfield Beach, FL, USA, 1998
Who is Commemorated?
Six million Jewish martyrs
Six large, polished granite stones are arranged on a base to create a sculptural monument about ten feet (3.048 m.) wide and seven feet (2.1336 m.) tall. Each rectangular stone has two flat long edges, and each end is cut to come to a point. The stones are stacked horizontally, with their flat edges touching. The middle stone on each side is pulled out of alignment to protrude from the edges. This allows the inner point to a void in the shape of a Magen David. The design is very similar to the Partisans’ Memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
A large rectangular granite plaque is affixed to the exterior wall of the synagogue immediately to the left of the main entrance.
On the monument base:
Holocaust Memorial for the six million martyrs
“Those names and deeds that are remembered live on to eternity”
On the six monument stones, one camp name on each stone:
On the plaque near the synagogue door:
Temple Beth Israel
April 26, 1998 – 30 Nisan 5758
Day of tragedy and bravery
יום השואה והגבורה
Translation: Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Bravery
We recall the spiritual strength
And heroism of the Holocaust era 1939 - 1945
Holocaust Survivors Friendship Club C.V.E.
Max (Frishe) – Frishman
Honorable Jean M Robb, former mayor
Sidney & Hannah Karg
Comm. Amadeo (Trinchi) Trinchitella
Irwin & Ruth Weiner
Inscription goes on to list 18 Sponsors and 87 Patrons
Temple Beth Israel of Deerfield with the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Club C.V.E. and many individual donors.
Temple Beth Israel of Deerfield was moved into its new permanent home in 1978. Many congregants were Holocaust Survivors who, in the 1990s raised about $30,000 and created the memorial monument. At the time, the Beth Israel was the largest Conservation congregation in the area with many members living in nearby Century Village.
At the monument dedication on Yom Ha-Shoah (April 26, 1998), survivors told stories of what they experienced during the Holocaust. They lit candles as part of the vigil and recited Kaddish for the dead.
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