This contemplative and educational Memorial is set gracefully into a meadow in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park. The Memorial experience begins in a cobblestone courtyard reminiscent of a European town square, from which a broad pathway leads to a gravel plaza. There the history of the Holocaust is recounted on two large tablets of polished granite, and fragments of local survivors’ stories are cast in bronze panels set into a curving stone wall. On the obverse of the wall, again in polished granite, are inscribed the names of relatives of Northwest residents, their family members who perished in the Holocaust. The Memorial captures the reality of humanity’s greatest crime, inspiring us to remember this terrible chapter of human history so that it will not be repeated.
The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is steward of the Memorial and is responsible for its maintenance and programming. To request a docent led tour, please visit the website or contact the OJMCHE office as listed above.