JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) The Gus Waterman Herrman Holocaust Memorial Garden is now unveiled for all to see in Jackson, Mississippi.
The garden was official opened on Sunday, November 13, 2016 in memory of Lexington, Mississippi resident Herrman who was a member of Temple Beth El. After serving in World War II he returned home to become a successful member of the business community and philanthropist. According to a written release from the Beth Israel Congregation, Herrman made a bequest several years ago “to exclusively be used for Holocaust remembrance.” Congregation President Michele Schipper says, “We hope Jews and non-Jews alike, will visit the Gus Waterman Herrman Holocaust Memorial Garden to reflect and to contemplate this dark period in the history of the world, and that those who visit will be inspired to advocate for world peace now and for future generations.”
The memorial was designed and built by the Pearl River Glass Studio. Each of the seven glass structures represent different symbols of the Holocaust as interpreted by the designer. They are:
- “The Ghetto”
- “A Temple Menorah”
- “Book Burning”
- “Disappearing Village”
- “Striped Cloth”
The tattoo serial number of Gilbert Metz, the only Mississippi Holocaust survivor of the concentration camps, is depicted int he glass sculptures as well.
The congregation is located at 5315 Old Canton Road in Jackson.