Nashville Holocaust Memorial to mark first decade; essay contest announced

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by tgregory

By KATHY CARLSON

On Oct. 8, the Nashville community will commemorate the establishment of the Nashville Holocaust Memorial, situated in a quiet, wooded corner of the Gordon Jewish Community Center campus.

And throughout August, community members will be able to identify family ties to the Holocaust and also add names of Holocaust survivors to the memorial’s granite walls.

“We just want to open up and provide an opportunity to those we know and those we don’t know” to share information about their connections with the Holocaust, said Felicia Anchor, the daughter of survivors.

“Much has occurred in the past 10 years,” she said. “We have welcomed new families and individuals who have a connection with the Holocaust. It’s important for us to connect with them and them to us and to include and recognize their unique history and experiences. We hope they will take this opportunity to identify themselves if they wish.”

Over the years, students, churches, police cadets and other visitors have toured the memorial site and learned about the Holocaust through the names and histories of those who are recognized on its engraved walls.

Anchor said the idea for the memorial started with a survivor who lived in Nashville, Esther Loeb. Loeb was saddened when she would travel from Nashville and see communities that recognized survivors at a time when Nashville did not, she said. 

A committee was formed, which Anchor chaired, and the Gordon Jewish Community Center agreed to provide a site. Nashville architect Manual Zeitlin offered his services pro bono and created a master plan for the memorial. Paul Lebovitz designed the landscaping and Alex Limor, a child of survivors, created the site’s focal sculpture, a book whose missing and tattered pages represent lives lost in the Holocaust. Its intact pages, however, reflect life in the present and hope for the future.

Anchor says the memorial shows “how far this (hatred) can go if you let it go.”

At the memorial these days, she says, people leave stones as they would at a cemetery to honor the memory of those who have died. “It’s become a much more sacred space than we ever anticipated.” • 

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To add the name of a family member to the Nashville Holocaust Memorial

If you’d like to add the name of a family member to the Nashville Holocaust Memorial, contact Susan Limor at slimor@comcast.net. Cost for inclusion is $100 per line of engraving. All names and payments must be received by August 31 to ensure that names are in place for the October commemoration. 

Contact Emily May, (615)352-1358 or emilym1951@yahoo.com,  to share your family’s history and connect with the Nashville survivors community. •

Holocaust Memorial essay contest for students

Students from 6th through 12th grades can participate in an essay contest  that asks them to describe the impact of their visit to the Nashville Holocaust Memorial. The deadline is Sept. 1 and prizes will be awarded to winners in separate categories for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

All entries must be submitted electronically by Sept.  1 to HolocaustEssay2017@gmail.com.  Receipt of the entry will be confirmed. Late entries will not be accepted.

Maximum length for the essay is 1,000 words.  Judging will be based on originality, creativity, passion, message conveyed and proper use of language.

In each category there will be a first place cash prize of $100; second place, $50; and third place, $25. Awards will be presented at the Tenth Anniversary Observance of the Nashville Holocaust Memorial on October 8 at the GJCC, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville TN.

The contest is sponsored by the Nashville Holocaust Memorial and the Fedora Small Frank Fund for Jewish History.

 Rules and Criteria  

 Topic:       The impact of my visit to the Nashville Holocaust Memorial

 1.  Essay contest is open to all students who have visited the Nashville Holocaust Memorial during their 6th through 12th grade school year. One entry per student.

2.  Each entry must be solely the individual work of the participant.

3.  Entries may not exceed 1000 words and must be typed, double-spaced and in Times New Roman, 12-point font.

4.  A cover sheet must include name, address, phone number, email address, name of school and teacher, grade, age and date the Memorial was visited. This information should not be included in the essay text.

5.  Judging will be based on originality, creativity, passion, message conveyed and proper use of language.  Entries will be judged in either 6th-8th grade or 9th-12th grade categories.

6.  All entries must be submitted electronically by September 1, 2017 to HolocaustEssay2017@gmail.com.  Receipt of entry will be confirmed. Late entries will not be accepted.

7.  In each category there will be a first place cash prize, $100, second place cash prize,  $50 and a third place cash prize, $25. Awards will be presented at the Tenth Anniversary Observance of the Nashville Holocaust Memorial on Sunday, October 8th at the site of the Memorial, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville TN.

8.  The contest is co-sponsored by the Nashville Holocaust Memorial and the Fedora Small Frank Fund for Jewish History.

 

For questions or additional information, please contact Leona Fleischer, 615-354-1655 or the email address stated above.