Oregon Holocaust Memorial, Portland

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The Oregon Holocaust Memorial is an outdoor memorial dedicated to victims of the Holocaust. Located in Portland, Oregon's Washington Park, the memorial was dedicated on August 29, 2004. Owned by the American Jewish Committee and constructed by Atlas Landscape Architecture and the Walsh Construction Company, the idea for a memorial was proposed in 1994 by Alice Kern and a local group of Holocaust survivors that met through the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. According to Fodor's, the memorial is open daily from dawn to dusk and admission is free of charge.DesignThe memorial features a stone bench with wrought iron gating around a cobblestone circle. Scattered bronzes of common objects such as shoes, glasses, and a suitcase represent items left behind by those persecuted during the Holocaust. A cobblestone walkway, with granite bars simulating railroad tracks, leads to a wall containing a history of the Holocaust as well as quotes from survivors. The memorial also contains a "soil vault panel", which covers soil and ash from six extermination camps of the Holocaust (Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bełżec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Treblinka, and Sobibor) brought back by local residents. Engraved on the back of the wall are the names of people who died in the camps, as well as the names of their surviving relatives in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Author and designer John Laursen created the lettering for the memorial. Other design team members included artists Tad Savinar and Paul Sutinen, landscape architects John Warner, Marianne Zarkin and Marlene Salon, and historian Marshall Lee.
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  • It's a thoughtful and compact memorial with surprising artifacts. Worth a detour within Washington Park.  more »
  • Came upon the memorial while navigating the walk directions. Poignant! There are bronze articles scattered long the route leading to the "wall" as if they were lost while in a terrible hurry. A large ...  more »
  • As other people say, this is very much worth a visit. Take the time. The write-up on the Holocaust is good background, and I had a longish conversation with a woman who found the memorial very moving.  more »
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  • I stumbled upon this while wandering around Washington Park, and the area brought a gush of feelings . . . the darkness of the subject matter juxtaposed against the beauty of the day made the stories I've read seem so real. I loved the recognition of the families in Oregon. It's hard to enjoy something so dark; but, the artist does such a good job making the viewer feel the raw emotion. I'd suggest all visit this beautiful tribute to the tragedy we strive to never repeat.
  • This is a reverant spot in the middle of a residential district. Some great sculptures that tell a story without the need for words. People that were there while we stopped by were repectful as well. Good stop on way to gardens
  • Very difficult to say nice things about a memorial place of the darkest days of the history of human race. Still, this one does the job very well. We should never forget. Should never happen again.
  • We stumbled upon this memorial while perusing the park. It is touching and relevant. I appreciate this being here and that the memories for those who died so tragically are preserved here. The perspective from the art symbolizes what was left behind by the people forced out of their homes. The bear was exceedingly sad but for me represented the children of the Holocaust.
  • On April 28th, 2014 I was walking around downtown Portland. When I came to Pioneer Square the names of all the children killed in the concentration camps were being read out loud over speakers in the Square. I sat and listened for quite a while. I felt very sad and moved by this so I walked to the Holocaust Memorial. I really felt connected to the people the memorial was honoring. It was heartbreaking and emotional to say the least. It was very poignant. Reading the quotes from the wall. The sculptors on the ground, especially the Teddy Bear, so moving. The artistry is amazing and profound.

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