“Tolerance is what keeps humanity together, I believe.”

—Anne Willem Meijer, Member of the Dutch Resistance

Ohio Holocaust Memorial

On Monday, June 1st, Governor John R. Kasich dedicated a memorial on the Statehouse grounds, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and honoring survivors and liberators. This memorial, designed by David Libeskind, designer of the Berlin Jewish Museum, is now one of seven memorials on the Statehouse grounds. Keynote presenter was Professor Deborah Lipstadt of Emory University. Her poignant words charged the audience with the responsibility of changing ‘Never Again’ into a reality. The memorial she explained, is just the beginning step in a process that should be supported by education.

CHHE took a group of 20 Holocaust survivors to Columbus to be a part of this historical day. Past CHHE president, Dick Friedman, exclaimed after the dedication, “We entered into the Ohio Theater from an outside of gray and rain, when we emerged to view the memorial, it was sunny-this is a good omen. The memorial was impressive. The Mogen David opens into the sky which gives a signal of hope for the future and a new day of tolerance and understanding. It seems to me that in Ohio, a significant state of the Union, makes a commitment to express itself through it’s government regarding the message of the Holocaust. The memorial brought an emotional response from hundreds of people and sent an emotional signal to all of us that we must never allow this to happen again. Governor Kasich challenged us to create a world of tolerance and understanding. It is our job to do so.”

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1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
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“We need to have remembrance in the Statehouse. And I call on the Jewish Community along with our brothers in faith to develop some sort of a memorial that members of our legislature and members of the public as they pass through this great rotunda will be able to understand not just the history of a time when people wouldn’t stand, but the fact that it’s today we must stand against evil. Let’s construct something that can teach people about man’s inhumanity to man, best exemplified by what happened in the Holocaust.”

-Remarks by Governor John R. Kasich, annual Governor’s Holocaust Commemoration, May 4, 2011.

 

About the Artist

Daniel Libeskind

Born in Postwar Poland, Libeskind immigrated to America with his family becoming an American citizen in 1964. He studied music in Israel (on the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship) and in New York, and became a virtuoso performer. He left music to study architecture, receiving his professional architectural degree in 1970 from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He received a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University (England) in 1972. Mr. Libeskind has taught and lectured at many universities worldwide. He has held such positions as the Frank O. Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto, Professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany, the Cret Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Louis Kahn Chair at Yale University. He has received numerous awards including the 2001 Hiroshima Art Prize — an award given to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace, never before given to an architect. Mr. Libeskind’s ideas have influenced a new generation of architects and those interested in the future development of cities and culture.