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  Holocaust memorial at Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, FL, USA, 2000s(?)

© Samuel D. Gruber, Photographer: Gruber, Samuel D., 2022

Name

Temple Beth El Holocaust Memorial Park

Who is Commemorated?

Jewish victims of the Holocaust

Description

The memorial is constructed in the middle of a large open greenspace between the original building (now a chapel) and the present-day synagogue. The memorial space is built as a series of low concrete walls with flat slate tops. The walls form a fragmented Magen David 9Star of David). Brick paths, with some bricks inscribed in memory of Holocaust victims, survivors or others, lead to the Star. The names of major death camps and ghettos are affixed to the exterior wall of each side of each point of the Star. One enters a central enclosure between these points and passes between the camp names.

Within the star is a hexagonal area, paved with six hexagonal concrete slabs (perhaps symbolizing the 6 million victims). Within this is a smaller hexagonal unpaved area filled with loose stones. At the center of this is yet another hexagon – a concrete base – on which sits a metal sculpture of a yellow Magen David mounted on a metal Y-shaped stylized tree. In front of this are four stylized figures, designed like children’s cut-outs, that represent a family. These are made of sheet metal and painted white. The four simple figures link hands.

Situated near the brick path that leads from the synagogue and the parking area, is a small rectangular bronze plaque set on a low pole set in the ground. This names the memorial park in honor of Holocaust survivors Eugene and Miriam Patipa.

Inscriptions

On a bronze plaque near the main entrance to the memorial:

Temple Beth El Holocaust
Memorial Park
In Honor of
Eugene and Miriam Patipa
Holocaust Survivors

 Names of Holocaust sites on the out walls of the Monument:

 Auschwitz
Bergen Belsen
Buchenwald
Dachau
Majdanek
Mauthausen
Sobibor
Terezin
Treblinka
Warsaw

There are also names inscribed on memorial bricks on the walkway.

Commissioned by

Temple Beth El

Summary and Remarks

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Name/Title
Holocaust memorial at Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, FL | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Synagogue (active)
{"10":"Any immovable marker or memorial that specifically references the Holocaust."}
Date
2000s (?)
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
United States of America (USA) | Florida | West Palm Beach, FL
| Temple Beth El 2815 N Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
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Collection
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Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Iconographical Subject
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Material / Technique
Brick, Concrete, Slate, Stones, Painted metal (steel?)
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Material Decoration
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Material Cloth
Material Lining
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Measurements
Width of monument 246” (20.5 feet)
Sides of each star point 65” and 95”
Width of wall (slate tops) 12”
Width of planters is 56”
Base for star 4”, total height to stop of yellow star, approx. 54”
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Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
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Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
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0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
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Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
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Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
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Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
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Colophon
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Documenter
Samuel D. Gruber | March 30, 2022
Author of description
Samuel D. Gruber | 2022
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