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Holocaust Memorial Dedicated at Synagogue

August 23, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The state's first public Holocaust memorial has been dedicated at Temple Beth El, honoring those murdered by the Nazis.

More than 300 people turned out at the synagogue's recent opening of the Jerry and Rochelle Slivka Holocaust Memorial, named for a Portland couple who survived the Holocaust.

Created by sculptor Robert Katz, the granite memorial was commissioned by the Slivkas in memory of their family and the 6 million Jews exterminated during World War II.

"I hope this will inspire, and make us aware that there are still bad people in the world who want to do bad things to other people," Jerry Slivka said.

Christian and Muslim leaders attended the event, and the dedication honored liberators as well. Keith Waning and Harry Blumenthal, who were among the liberators of the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps, respectively, lighted a memorial candle.

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