Nashua Holocaust Memorial reflects years of devoted effort
Karen Calaboro of Hollis walks through the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial on Sunday in Nashua. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)
“We have not yet healed completely from the sickness of hate,” said Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett while standing in front of the newly constructed granite memorial housed at Rotary Common Park along Main Street.
About 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, which included approximately six million Jews. The Nazis were responsible for killing about two-thirds of the Jewish population living in Europe between 1933-1945.
“I am a child survivor,” said Teeboom, who along with his parents and brother made it through the Holocaust. More than 270 of his extended relatives were killed during that time, he said.
Teeboom spearheaded the memorial, which is visible from Main Street and located next to Salmon Brook. It has been a nearly five-year project.
Pastor Paul Berube said it is appropriate for Nashua to hold the state’s only Holocaust Memorial, as it is the Gate City into New Hampshire.
John M. Weidman of the Andres Institute of Art designed the $150,000 monument, telling those in attendance that the structure is for everyone, regardless of their faith.
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