The 2023 omnibus budget measure enacted last week included a provision designating the Kol Israel Foundation Holocaust Memorial in Ohio as a national memorial.
The Kol Israel Foundation erected the monument in Zion Memorial Park, Bedford Heights, in 1961 to honor the victims of the Nazi genocide.
It consists of the remains and possessions of Jews who died in three concentration camps throughout the conflict.
The legislation honored the “life and legacy of the Holocaust survivors who created” the memorial and acknowledged the importance of the location in “keeping the memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Nazi government and allies and collaborators of the Nazi regime.”
“In 1961, a group of Holocaust survivors erected a monument in memory of the family members who died during the Holocaust.
According to a statement from Bob Zelwin, president of the Kol Israel Foundation, “Today the Congress of the United States recognized the Kol Israel Foundation members by designating that Monument a National Memorial.
“This will signify the triumph of good over evil by those courageous people who persisted in facing insurmountable challenges.
If our family members were still living to witness this, they would be “kvelling” (smiling proudly).
Every Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a memorial service is held at the monument every year.
The ceremony, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, gives families a chance to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for deceased Holocaust victims who were not properly buried or do not have a known cemetery.
The U.S. The Kol Israel Memorial Foundation instructs Ohioans about the lessons of the Holocaust and maintains the memories of its victims, according to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
By imparting that information to future generations, we reaffirm our commitment to working toward a just and peaceful world and ensuring it never occurs again.