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July 7, 2012

Holocaust Memorial going up on Main Street in the USA

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:14 am

This quote is from a news story, written by Kaitlin Joseph, in the online Nashua (New Hampshire) Telegraph, which you can read in full here:

NASHUA – A Holocaust memorial at Rotary Common on Main Street began to take shape Friday afternoon (July 6, 2012).

The project, organized by former Alderman Fred Teeboom, started fundraising in 2009 and laid down the foundation for the memorial at the end of 2011.

The memorial is a set of six granite stones, each weighing up to five tons, set in a circle upon a round, flat foundation. Each stone has the name of an extermination camp inscribed on it. There are bent brackets spouting from each stone at the top, and the stones also have etched barbed wire on them.

Teeboom, who grew up in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, said the city was unanimous in voting to erect the park and monument in honor of Holocaust victims.

“It was the greatest evil in the history of mankind,” Teeboom said.

The six extermination camps, mentioned in the article, were Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec and Chelmno.

Fred Teeboom survived the Holocaust because he was hidden by a Christian family.  His family was not betrayed, like the family of Anne Frank, that also hid in Amsterdam. Fred Teeboom was saved, but 100 members of his extended family died in Auschwitz.

Teeboom describes the Nashua Memorial in this video.  He says that 3 million Jews were killed in the six extermination camps that are represented in the theme of the Memorial.

I had never heard of Nashua, New Hampshire, before I read this news, so I looked it up on Wikipedia and found this:

Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494,[1] making it the second largest city in the state (and in the three northern New England states) after Manchester.