Miami Beach’s thought-provoking Holocaust Memorial is a tribute and open park dedicated to the memory and legacy of the 6 million Jews killed during World War II. Visit the Holocaust Memorial to see a series of heartfelt sculptures and educational monuments in a quiet, commemorative space in the heart of Miami Beach.
Enter the HolocaustMemorial at the Collins Canal Bridge to see the park’s most distinctivefeature, the Sculpture of Love and Anguish. This 40-foot (12.1-meter) bronzesculpture depicts an outstretched hand, reaching for the sky from a sunkenisland within a tranquil pool of water. Masses of desperate, emaciated humanfigures cling to the giant arm. If you look closely, you can see the AuschwitzConcentration Camp serial number tattooed on the wrist.
Wander along thewalls of the island to see small engravings and read historical accounts fromthe Holocaust. Explore the park’s 11 dedicated areas and take in othermonuments and sculptures such as the Arbor History, the Garden of Meditation,the Lonely Path and the Memorial Wall. Visit the Information Booth to speakwith the memorial’s attendant to learn about the park and its historicalsignificance. Take a self-guided tour with the assistance of the HolocaustMemorial brochure. Visit the monumental Memorial Wall, a slab of black granitethat lists the names of thousands of people who perished during the Holocaust.
Kenneth Treister,architect of the Holocaust Memorial, designed the space in collaboration with agroup of Holocaust survivors, the Holocaust Memorial Committee. Explore theHolocaust Memorial to understand the park’s contrasting elements. Stillreflection pools and lush green areas make for quiet, contemplative spaces inwhich to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust.
TheHolocaust Memorial is free to enter and is open daily until sunset. Explore thememorial’s open, sunny areas but ensure you bring sun protection and somewater. Head next door to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and have a picnic inthe grounds.