The Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza in Philadelphia is the site of the nation’s first public monument erected to memorialize victims of the Holocaust. It is located at 16th and Arch Streets, at the head of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This meaningful and high-profile endeavor included foundational work and memorial installations.
A.P.’s General Building division installed the following:
- The “Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs” representing the need to remember those lost and to maintain hope for the future;
- The “Six Pillars” honoring the six million Jewish lives lost;
- The Eternal Flame and the Theresienstadt Tree sapling, symbolizing hope and light for the future;
- The original train tracks, from the railroad next to the death camp of Treblinka in Poland, are embedded in the new plaza’s paving, reminding visitors of the industrialized mass deportation of millions of victims;
- A grove of trees representing the woodlands that sheltered those who resisted the Nazi regime.
The plaza design welcomes residents and commuters, providing a tranquil space for both openness and enclosure. Nestled into the fabric of the city, the space is visited, day and night, by people moving through and within this solemn memorial.
You can read more about the memorial and about the foundation here: https://www.philaholocaustmemorial.org/about/partners/
A.P. Construction, Inc. is honored to have been part of this historic project.