THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIALThe Holocaust Memorial was conceived by Miami 's Holocaust survivors, at one time, the largest such group in the world, and funded by a private, non-profit organization. Considering the rich cultural influence of Miami Beach 's Jewish population, as well as the history of Miami as a place of refuge, the Holocaust Memorial underscores the strength and understanding of this city's culture. The Memorial was dedicated on February 4, 1990 and its grounds include eleven areas: The Beginning, The Arbor history, A Garden of meditation, The Dome of Contemplation, The Lonely path, The Sculpture of Love and Anguish, The Series of Vignettes, Sensing Both Love and Fear, The Memorial Wall, The Final Sculpture and Never Shall We Forget. You can visit the Memorial at 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue , Miami Beach , Florida .
Architecturally, the Holocaust Memorial is a study in contrasts. Its ominous sculpture of a human hand soaring thirty feet skyward reminds Miami Beach and the world community that genocide and prosecution almost incinerated an entire group of human beings. The memorial also serves as a link to those slain and as a surrogate grave site for all those who were destroyed. Its flowering greenery, open spaces and cool reflecting pool provide a haven of peaceful contemplation and inner renewal for survivors, their families and other visitors. An Information Booth is manned by Holocaust survivors such as Ann Rosenheck. In 1944, she was sent to Auschwitz by Hitler’s Nazis and was the only member of her family to survive. In today’s world, she tries to help others understand and comprehend what happened during that terrible time in history.
"I created the Memorial as a large environmental sculpture... a series of outdoor spaces in which the visitor is led through a procession of visual historical, and emotional experiences with the hope that the totality of the visit will express, in some small way, the reality of the Holocaust," explains Kenneth Treister, the Memorial's sculptor.