Wednesday, May 11, 2016 |

New plans for Philadelphia’s Holocaust Memorial

CENTER CITY (WTXF) – A new addition to Holocaust Memorial Plaza will remember victims of one of the most evil events of the 20th century.

The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation released a picture of proposed enhancements to The Monument to the Six Million Jewish Martyrs, at 16th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway.

A group of survivors commissioned the sculpture back in 1964. It was the first public monument in North America.

Now, as time goes by and Holocaust survivors pass away, there’s a new effort to preserve their words and experiences.

The goal is to create a destination landmark park with an educational and programmatic component that’ll teach visitors the uniquely tragic history of the Holocaust.

The plaza will host an eternal flame as a reminder to never forget, and organizers hope for dialogue, contemplation and reflection, and prevent a repetition of such colossal cruelty.

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