Eternal-Life Hemshech, Inc. was formed on September 3, 1964 by Holocaust survivors who settled in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Their primary goal was to build a monument that would memorialize their six million brethren who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II.
Because they had no gravesites to visit, the survivors also needed a place to grieve their personal losses and recite the Kaddish (the Jewish memorial prayer) for their loved ones lost in the Holocaust.
They dedicated their monument on April 25, 1965. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 21, 2008.
Donations to Hemshech continue to support the maintenance of this memorial and the annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) observance for the Atlanta community.
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Donations to Eternal Life-Hemshech also enable Holocaust education at schools, universities, synagogues, churches, libraries, museums and other locations across metro Atlanta and Georgia.
It is painful for survivors to recall and share the horrors of Nazi brutalities against them and their families in Europe. Yet Hemshech’s Holocaust survivors endure the agony of their memories to teach and dispel ignorance that might lead history to repeat itself.
Nobel Prize recipient and survivor, Elie Wiesel, has said, “To listen to a witness is to become a witness.”