Just east of the Anderson Academic Commons, the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site is a unique memorial to those lost in the Holocaust. The site honors and memorializes the past by serving as a regional hub for education and bridge-building, and by encouraging people from all backgrounds to make the world a better place today and into the future.
The memorial transforms memory into social consciousness and action at a space dedicated to inclusivity and diversity through learning and dialogue.
The site transforms memory into social consciousness and action through learning, intercultural dialogue and social justice initiatives. It does this in a space dedicated to inclusivity and diversity.
Its design incorporates symbols that underscore this mission.
- Through its inclusion of a primary stone shaped like the Hebrew word "chai," which means life, the memorial honors the past by encouraging people to gather together in the present to dedicate their actions to positive change.
- The shape of this gathering space also calls to mind an eternal flame: Unlike an eternal flame made of fire, our eternal flame is made up of the people who gather at this site to make the world better. Through gatherings dedicated to education and action, we testify to the endurance of memory.
- Several metal lattices beckon to the shattered glass of Kristallnacht, at once symbolizing the ruptures of history and the present-day call to heal the world.
- These lattices also spell out the Hebrew word "Hineni," or "Here I am." In post-Holocaust Jewish philosophy, "Here I am" represents the responsibility that each human has to respond to the call of his or her fellow human. In its programming and symbolism, the site embodies this commitment to response.
The Center for Judaic Studies
The Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site was facilitated by the Center for Judaic Studies. The Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge of Jewish history, thought and culture through learning, intercultural dialogue and social action.