Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art on South Main Street in historic downtown Memphis added The Holocaust Memorial Gallery in April 2015 to remember the Holocaust through "the personal experiences of the individuals who ultimately define the Holocaust . . . to share their first-hand knowledge with the rest of the world . . . to connect generations in order that each successive generation may bear witness" (Belinda Fish, Museum Director).  The informative gallery features Memphis residents who were victims of the Holocaust, part of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission's "Living On" Project, sculptures by Nicky Imber, an Austrian Jew who survived the Dachau concentration camp, and a variety of other Holocaust artifacts and memorabilia.  The museum is open Tuesday thru Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM.


Entrance to TheHolocaust Memorial Gallery, Belz Museum, Memphis, TN


Pembroke Square Entrance to Belz Museum, South Main Street, Memphis, TN

"Living On" Project Poster, Tennessee Holocaust Commission


The Nashville Holocaust Memorial, near Percy Warner Park in southwest Nashville, was dedicated in October 2006 on land provided by the nearby Gordon Jewish Community Center.  Esther Loeb, a Holocaust survivor, and Felicia Anchor, a child of Holocaust survivors, led the project to construct "a living memorial, a place where remembering and showing respect for the past intermingles with developing an understanding and commitment . . . to work towards creating a world . . . free of intolerance, hatred, prejudice, and indifference" (Memorial Web Site).  The memorial includes Twelve Memorial Walls inscribed with names of Holocaust victims, a central Sculpture of Ner Tamid, an eternal flame, and the book of life with pages ripped and torn out, Eighteen Seats of Honor, dedications to supporters, and a quote from Elie Wiesel etched in the Memorial Plaza floor.  The memorial is open to the public and easy to find just off Percy Warner Boulevard between Harding Pike (Hwy. 70S) and State Highway 100.


Memorial Walls, The Nashville Holocaust Memorial, Nashville, TN


 Walkway to Memorial Plaza, The Nashville Holocaust Memorial, Nashville, TN

 Memorial Plaza, The Nashville Holocaust Memorial, Nashville, TN


The Children's Holocaust Memorial, located at the Whitwell Middle School in rural Marion County near Chattanooga, was dedicated in November 2001.  The memorial displays a 1917 rail car used by the Nazis during World War II to transport prisoners to concentration camps.  Discovered after the war in Poland near the town of Sobibor, it was used as a grain car, abandoned, placed in a railroad museum in Robel, Germany, and then purchased by Peter Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, reporters on the White House for German newspapers, for donation to Whitwell Middle School.  One of the last "cattle cars" of the Nazi era, the memorial houses eleven million paper clips in both the car and the monument (to represent victims of the Holocaust), various artifacts from the war, letters and documents, and copper butterflies to honor the children of Terezin and to symbolize new life.  The memorial, accessible during normal school hours, Monday thru Friday, and other times by arrangement, is foremost a tribute about children, by children, and for children.


 Paper Clip Monument, The Children's Holocaust Memorial, Whitwell, TN

Rail Car Number 011-993, The Children's Holocaust Memorial, Whitwell, TN


The Children's Holocaust Memorial, Whitwell Middle School, Whitwell, TN


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