I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Elie Wiesel

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.

Preview the memorial

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.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27th, 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated. Since 2005, January 27 has been commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day to bear witness to those who endured the horrors of the Holocaust, and honor the victims, whose lives were changed forever. We encourage you to pause today and remember the importance of kindness, empathy, and inclusion.

We recommend watching a video of a speech by Dana Bell, mother to CDJHM board member Gay Griffith, where she shares her memories of being a child in Poland when Hitler invaded. This speech was presented to the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony on April 28, 2015.

Mourner's Kaddish

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yetta Fox and her daughter Jennifer Price, 2nd and 3rd generation Holocaust survivors from Clifton Park, NY, read the Mourner’s Kaddish for the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust and the many others who suffered. The video can be viewed here, or by clicking play on the embedded video to the right.

Updates & News

Jews and Poles during the time of the apocalypse

March 24, 2021

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.

A Momentous Time

August 26, 2020

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.