Home
   Under Reconstruction!
Object Alone

Obj. ID: 44811
Memorials
  Holocaust memorial in Menorah Gardens Cemetery in Southwest Ranches, FL, USA, 2008

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

Who is Commemorated?

Martyrs of the Holocaust

Description:

The monument consists of a rectangular plot in the center of a roadway that leads from the cemetery entrance to the main area of burials. Though not big, it cannot be missed by anyone coming to the cemetery. The ground of the plot is covered with pebbles and lined on the sides with low shrubs. At the end stands a stone monument made of four pieces of gray granite. A long slab lies flat on the ground as a base. Centered on this is an almost rectangular upright slab, that peaks at the top. Flanking the central slab, and seeming to support it, are two roughly triangular brackets or “book ends,” with scalloped edges. Each side slab is inscribed with the image of an oil lamp with a tall flame.

The front of the central slab has three elements. A Magen David decorated the top, fitting into the peak upper edge of the stone. Beneath this is a nine-line commemorative inscription in English, except for the Hebrew word “Zachor.” Beneath the text and filling just under half of the front of the slab, is an inscribed image of the entrance to Birkenau, with railroad tracks and the entrance gate.

Inscription

SOIL AND ASHES

OF THE MARTYRS

OF THE HOLOCAUST

ARE RECLAIMED FOR

BLESSING AND MEMORY

BY THE YOUNG PILGRIMS OF THE

MARCH OF THE LIVING

5748 ---- 1988

NEVER AGAIN    זכור

Summary and Remarks
Remarks

17 image(s)

sub-set tree:

Name/Title
Holocaust memorial in Menorah Gardens Cemetery in Southwest Ranches, FL | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Date
2008
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
United States of America (USA) | Florida | Southwest Ranches, FL
| 21100 Griffin Rd, Southwest Ranches, FL 33332
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Unknown |
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Textual Content
Unknown |
Languages of inscription
Material / Technique
Gray Granite
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
The memorial patch is 312” (792.48 cm) long
And 142” (360.7 cm) wide.

The width of the base of the monument in 121.5” (308.6 cm)
The central inscribed slab is 78” (198 cm) high, 35.5” (90.2 cm) wide
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
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
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance

The memorial monument was created after 1988, apparently by participants in the first March of the Living that year. According to the inscription, soli and ashes were brough back from death camps were buried here. Officially the removal of any materials from Auschwitz and other sites was forbidden by the March organizers and Polish authorities. But in the 1980s and even continuing well into the 1990s, travelers regularly collected items as religious relics, memorial stones, or souvenirs.

The March of the Living was established in 1988 and takes place annually for two weeks around April and May, immediately following Passover. Marchers have come from over 50 countries. In 1988 nine Broward County students participated.

The climax of the program is the March, which is designed to contrast with the death marches which occurred towards the end of World War II when inmates of forced labor camps were forced to march hundreds of miles further west. Those who collapsed or fell behind were shot or left to freeze to death in the winter climate. The March of the Living was to create an alternate experience, especially aimed at young Jews, in which survival and the continuity of the Jewish people was emphasized.

After spending time in Poland visiting death camps and other Holocaust sites many participants travel on to Israel where to observe Yom Hazikaron (Israel's Remembrance Day) and celebrate Yom Haatzmaut (Israel's Independence Day). Begun during the Communist period, the event was very focused and insular commemoration, mark by a triumphant and even confrontation stance by many participating teenagers. Over the years as the understanding and recognition of the Holocaust and Jewish history has spread in democratic Poland, the March of the Living has incorporated programs pf Jewish and Polish positive engagement.

Main Surveys & Excavations
Sources

“March of the Living,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_of_the_Living (accessed December 26, 2022)
Type
Documenter
|
Author of description
Samuel D. Gruber | 2022
Architectural Drawings
|
Computer Reconstruction
|
Section Head
|
Language Editor
|
Donor
|
Negative/Photo. No.
The following information on this monument will be completed: