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Am Yisrael Chai - Living Holocaust Memorial Garden
The Living Holocaust Memorial garden was dedicated at the 2008 Am Yisrael Chai Yom Hashoah Commemoration event.
The Garden was conceived as a Living memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust and to honor those who survived. The idea/concept fits with the philosophy of Am Yisrael Chai as it focuses on the resilience of those who survived and excelled despite the horrendous atrocities they endured in Nazi dominated Europe and beyond.
We chose six tall pine trees that are evergreen to represent life in all seasons. We chose brightly colored annuals to represent hope for the future. The stones, like markers at a gravesite, are there to remember those who perished. These stones are special because they were painted by children in the greater Atlanta community and marked with the names of children who died in the Holocaust. The eternal light represents hope that will never be extinguished. The plaque is inscribed as follows: In Eternal Remembrance of the Six Million and of the Enduring Spirit of the Jewish People. Am Yisrael Chai!
Each year we collect and paint stones, marked with the names of children who perished in the Holocaust and add them to the garden. Many of the stones were also donated by the Atlanta Yom Hashoa, Greenwood planning committee.
Pictures from the Living Holocaust Memorial Garden
Living Holocaust Memorial Garden Program
Rabbi Lew was on the March of the Living trip to Poland and was calling in on the cell phone