The Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial (CDJHM) serves to memorialize the six million Jews and other victims of the Holocaust, and educate the public about the consequences of hatred, brutality and apathy.
With the passing of time, the Holocaust is fading from the memory of the American public. Today, almost half of all Americans do not know what Auschwitz was and cannot name a single concentration camp or ghetto, despite over 40,000 existing.
With each new generation, the memory of the plight of the victims fade, the stories are forgotten, hate and bigotry rises, and the need for awareness and education increases.
We are here to preserve this memory.
The Memorial will consist of walls arranged in the shape of the Star of David. Visitors will be guided around the six-sided structure where they will be connected to significant events that occurred during the Holocaust. The six columns represent the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Missed our webinar on March 24th? Dr. Stephen M. Berk, Professor of History at Union College.
In his lecture, Dr. Berk, Professor of History at Union College, explores why the Polish response to the plight of the Jews is one of the most controversial issues in the history of the Holocaust.
The lecture is introduced by Murray Jaros, a Holocaust survivor, and closes with remarks by Rabbi Shpeen of Congregation Beth Israel.
With anti-Semitism on the rise in the United States and beyond, the importance of the future Capital District Holocaust Memorial can’t be overstated.
And it was the interfaith friendship between Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of the Diocese of Albany and Dr. Michael Lozman that brought the memorial one step closer to reality on Aug. 20.
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