Remarkable Ohio


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129-18 Kol Israel Foundation Holocaust Memorial

Side A: On May 28, 1961, the Kol Israel Foundation, a Cleveland organization of Holocaust survivors, dedicated this monument in remembrance of the attempted genocide against the Jewish people by Nazi Germany during World War II. The monument is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the United States. Human remains, ashes and artifacts reclaimed from three concentration camps are buried beneath the monument. (Continued on other side)
Side B: (Continued from other side) On surrounding walls, one can read the names of family members lost in the Holocaust and thereafter who otherwise may not have a fitting grave. Other inscriptions relating to significant historical events also appear. The monument is the site of an annual commemoration ceremony between the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to recall the Holocaust and departed victims. As required by Jewish tradition, graves are to be visited by mourners between the High Holidays to say Kaddish, the prayer for the dead.
Sponsors: Kol Israel Foundation and The Ohio History Connection
Address: Zion Memorial Park, 5461 Northfield Road, 
Bedford Heights, 
Location: At the memorial along the northern entrance road to Zion Memorial Park
Latitude: 41.4113426
Longitude: -81.5258328