The Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza’s new unique design includes several interpretive features that will together create a singular place of learning and remembrance.
The Six Pillars will honor the memory of the Six Million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. The pillars will be presented in pairs, each chronicling an atrocity of the Holocaust and contrasting it with American constitutional protections and values.
The Tree Grove
A grove of trees will represent the woodlands that sheltered those who resisted the Nazi regime. It will honor the legacy of those who risked their lives by fighting hatred and bigotry.
Recessed in the Remembrance Wall, the Eternal Flame will be a symbol of hope and light, embodying our commitment to never forget.
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.
Original train tracks from the railroad adjacent to the Death Camp of Treblinka will be embedded in the Plaza’s paving, serving as a powerful reminder of the millions of victims who were deported.
Each of the interpretive elements described above is available for sponsorship and recognition. If you would like to honor a loved one or family legacy through personalized support of one of these powerful elements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.