Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The monument represents a spiritual reminder of the darkest chapter of history, when Hitler perpetrated a systematic state persecution and murder of six million Jewish women, men and children and of five million other victims deemed undesirable. It describes the toll of unleashed discrimination and the resilience of the human spirit in moments of extreme crisis.
The central focus of the memorial is the pillar, forged in steel and representative of the strength and continuity of the Jewish people. Barbed wire, symbolic of the many atrocities committed against the Jewish people, twists up the pillar. The pillar rises to the sky beyond the barbed wire, indicating that the Jewish people have moved beyond the persecutions and continues to survive. the floor of the monument is crafted from Jerusalem stone and is illustrative of the strong link between the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
An educational component, including names of death camps and the words “remember”
The memorial is not a gravestone but a means to educate about hatred and bigotry, so people never again commit such atrocities. It is our home that it will be a beacon against hate, an honor to those no one cared for, and a reminder to future generations, “Never Again.”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Peace • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1994.
Location. 40° 16.1′ N, 76° 53.596′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Front Street and Verbeke Street on N. Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. Horace McFarland (within shouting distance of this marker); Firefighters' Memorial Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Paxtang Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); Mira Lloyd Dock Residence (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lest We Forget (about 600 feet away); Sunken Gardens (about 600 feet away); Mira Lloyd Dock (about 600 feet away); Engleton (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
Also see . . . When Creator and Owner Clash. This Holocaust memorial was designed and created by the American artist David Ascalon. It was commissioned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, and completed in 1994.
In 2010, the memorial was the subject of a federal lawsuit, Ascalon v. Department of Parks and Recreation, filed by the artist in Federal District Court for the Central District of Pennsylvania, alleging that unauthorized alterations made to the memorial constituted violations of the federal Visual Artists’ Rights Act of 1990 (VARA). The lawsuit has since been settled, and the memorial is in the process of being restored to its original configuration.
This link is to a 2010 Wall Street Journal article by Daniel Grant. (Submitted on October 11, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2008. This page has been viewed 2,378 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on November 9, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Christine Martin of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 4. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Christine Martin of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on May 31, 2008, by Christine Martin of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.