The Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza is open to the public 365 days a year and is free to visit.
Visitors to the Memorial Plaza will experience a dynamic civic space with interpretive features designed to encourage learning and remembrance. Visitors can also use the IWalk app to experience a digital guided tour with personal testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses at specific locations within the Memorial Plaza.
Explore the Memorial Plaza’s several interpretive features that together create a singular place of learning and remembrance.
IWalk is a pioneering mobile app that guides visitors through the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza using personal testimonials from Holocaust survivors and witnesses. As visitors approach specific features of the Plaza, IWalk presents content specific to these features and customizes it to each visitor’s age, language preference, and learning objectives.
Prepare for your visit by downloading the USC Shoah Foundation IWalk app on your mobile device for a curated tour of the Memorial Plaza:
The Six Pillars honor the memory of the Six Million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. The pillars are presented in pairs, each chronicling an atrocity of the Holocaust and contrasting it with American constitutional protections and values.
A grove of trees represents the woodlands that sheltered those who resisted the Nazi regime. It honors the legacy of those who risked their lives by fighting hatred and bigotry.
An Eternal Flame symbolizes hope and light within the Wall of Remembrance, embodying our commitment to never forget.
Original train tracks from the railroad adjacent to the Death Camp of Treblinka in Poland are embedded in the Plaza’s paving to remind visitors of the industrialized, mass deportation of millions of victims.
The Theresienstadt Tree
Children imprisoned at the Theresienstadt Camp nurtured a sapling knowing that they would not live to see it mature, yet believing that this tree would survive. The iconic tree’s sapling will be planted at the Plaza to symbolize life and hope for future generations.
Nathan Rapoport’s Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs was the first public monument in North America to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust. It was given to the City of Philadelphia in 1964 by a group of Holocaust survivors and local Jewish leaders, led by the Association of Jewish New Americans together with the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia. Rapoport’s towering bronze sculpture remains the only major public monument in Philadelphia dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust.