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  Holocaust memorial in Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro, NC, USA, 1982

© Samuel D. Gruber, Photographer: Gruber, Samuel D., 2024

Name of Monument
no official name

What/Who is commemorated
Jewish Victims of the Holocaust

Description
The memorial monument is located in a large open entry lobby to the synagogue, set against a wall of windows. It was designed to be seen in the round, but its present position blocks one side, and one cannot walk around it.

The memorial is an artwork, designed as a truncated pentagonal column that tapers to a flat top. The lower part, roughly half the height, is a tall black pentagonal base. Set back and slightly rising from the base’s upper edge is a second pentagon that tapers as it rises. On the angled edge of the base on the side facing the lobby is a small metal plaque with a quote from Holocaust survivor Abba Kovner. There is no other text on the memorial.

On each rectangular side of the upper pentagon is a mosaic decoration of abstracted and attenuated figures, shown as silhouettes, The figures are without features, but they can be read as men, women, and children from their outlines. Four of the five adult figures are accented by a bright yellow star below the shoulder line, identifying them as Jews. The composition of each of the five panels is different but similar. Different colors of glass tesserae are used for each panel, with a primary background color, and a related but contrasting color for the body of the figure. The panels are linked by a single row of white tesserae that weaves from panel to panel and is punctuated by little “starbursts,” which represent the barbs on this strand of barbed wire.

A plaque on a nearby wall identified the memorial as a gift of the synagogue Men’s Club.

Inscriptions
Metal plaque attached to the memorial:

TO REMEMBER THE PAST

TO LIVE THE PRESENT

TO TRUST THE FUTURE

   ABBA KOVNER

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR

 Plaque on a nearby wall:

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

DONATED BY

BETH DAVID MEN’S CLUB

Commissioned by

Beth David Men’s Club

Summary and Remarks
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Name/Title
Holocaust memorial in Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro, NC | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Synagogue (active)
{"10":"Any immovable marker or memorial that specifically references the Holocaust."}
Date
1982
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Wood, Paul Winthrop
{"5354":"artist (1922-2003)"}
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
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Congregation
Unknown
Location
United States of America (USA) | North Carolina | Greensboro, NC
| Beth David Synagogue 804 Winview Dr
Site
Unknown
School/Style
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Period
Unknown
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Documentation / Research project
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Material / Technique
Mosaic (colored glass tesserae)
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Material Lining
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Extant
Documented 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
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Direction/Location
Façade (main)
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Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
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Location of Reader's Desk
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Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
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History/Provenance

The monument was donated to the synagogue by the Beth David Men’s Club.

Main Surveys & Excavations
Sources

Wood, Albert Moyer, Albert Wood & Five Sons: The Story of a Family and a Family Business (Burnsville, NC: Celo Valley Books, 1997).
Type
Documenter
Samuel D. Gruber | 2024
Author of description
Samuel D. Gruber | 2024
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