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Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial

On April 26, 1964, a group of Holocaust survivors and Philadelphia community leaders, presented a sculpture entitled "Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs" to the City of Philadelphia.  This towering bronze artwork represented the first public monument in North America to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust. The original sculpture was created by the artist Nathan Rapoport, who was also a Holocaust survivor.

Inscribed in the base of Rapoport's statue is the following inscription:

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"Now and forever enshrined in memory are the six million Jewish martyrs who perished in Concentration Camps, Ghettos, and Gas Chambers. In their deepest agony, they clung to the image of humanity and their acts of resistance in the forests and ghettos redeemed the honor of man. Their suffering and heroism are forever branded upon our conscience and shall be remembered from generation to generation."

On October 22, 2018, a new intepretive program was unveiled at the newly renamed Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza at 16th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Plaza features various exhibits that can be seen here.

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Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza
16th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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