Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

"Rose City,"  "Bridgetown," "Stumptown"

Lat: 43 31', Long: 122 40'

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Portland has some living survivors of the Holocaust. Some of them belong to an organization called Next Generations Group,

which includes second, third and fourth generation descendants of Holocaust victims and survivors. https://nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com/

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in Portland includes information about the Holocaust. https://www.ojmche.org/

The museum opened in 2009. In 2014, the museum merged with the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center.

The Jewish Federation website describes the mission of the museum and its Holocaust component


"...promote the responsible teaching of the Holocaust through education programs and exhibits, as well as

the opportunity to stimulate dialogue and action that teaches new generations the need to uphold democratic values,

prevent genocide and foster human dignity. OJM is dedicated to communicating the lessons of the Holocaust to teachers, students, and the general

public in Oregon and SW Washington. This is in fulfillment of the legacy left by victims to survivors."

After ten years of planning and negotiating, The Oregon Holocaust Memorial was completed in 2004 in Washington Park, Portland.

It is in a quiet, wooded area of the park, and is maintained by the City of Portland.


The Oregon Holocaust Memorial was dedicated on August 29, 2004. The memorial features a stone bench adorned

with wrought-iron gating, screened from the street by rhododendron

bushes. The bench sits behind a circular, cobblestoned area - simulating a town square. During the Holocaust,

many Jewish families were gathered in town squares before being loaded onto trains and taken to concentration camps.

The square contains scattered bronzes of shoes, glasses, a suitcase, and other items to represent everyday objects that were

left behind. A European-style, cobblestone walkway with inlaid granite bars, simulating railroad tracks,

leads to a wall of history panels - giant, stone placards that offer a brief history of the Holocaust and

quotes from Holocaust survivors. At the end of the wall is the soil vault panel.

Buried below the panel are interred soil and ash from six killing-center camps of the Holocaust - Chelmno, Treblinka,

Sobibor, Belzec, Majdanek, and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The back of the wall is engraved with the names of people who died in the camps, followed by the names of their surviving

relatives in Oregon and SW Washington.

                          Memorial, Portland, OR

Holocaust Memorial website

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