On April 28th, in honor of Yom Hashoah, our students and faculty volunteered to help with spring-cleaning and planting at the New Haven Holocaust Memorial.  See more photos on our Facebook page.

In addition to readying the memorial for the season opening, the students heard from Holocaust survivors Helene Rosenberg and Shifra Zamkov.  Ms. Rosenberg provided us with a typed account of her story.  With her permission, we are able to share that with you, here.  

Doris Zelinsky, JHSC Trustee and Holocaust Memorial President gave a tour of the memorial and commented, “The memorial reminds us how individual spirit, perseverance, and goodness can overcome evil.  When our youth participate in honoring those we remember through this memorial, there is a palpable sense of hope for the future.”  

In 2005, Zelinsky, a New Haven resident and daughter of two Holocaust survivors, noticed the exhibit’s deterioration and founded a nonprofit corporation, Greater New Haven Holocaust Memory, Inc., to spearhead the restoration.  Her efforts raised thousands of dollars for cleanup and maintenance funds for the site.  Dedicated in 1977 and located in the city’s Edgewood Park, the country’s first Holocaust memorial was built on public land by a group of Jews and non-Jews determined to memorialize, for posterity, the tragedy of the Holocaust.  The memorial provides a place for survivors to remember loved ones and destroyed communities.  

“For many who live in the Elm City, the memorial is part of the landscape, but its creation and existence is a result of a powerful story about survivors who sought to find a way to memorialize their families,” said Acting Head of School, Susan Birke Fiedler.


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