PHILADELPHIA (Jun. 19)
Gratz College has approved an offer from the Association of Jewish New Americans, an organization of survivors of the Hitler holocaust, to place in the new Gratz College Building a sculpture in memory of the Jewish victims of World War II.
Dean Eleazar Goelman of the College notified the Association that the proposal had been approved by the college building committee. The monument will be done by the internationally renowned Jewish sculptor Nathan Rappoport who was chosen from among many sculptors in all parts of the world to make the memorial in Warsaw of the Ghetto martyrs. He also made a similar monument in Israel honoring Mordecai Anilievicz, the leader of the revolt in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazi armed forces.
Dean Goelman said that college officials hoped that the proposed monument “will become the central focal point around which a memorial service may be held for the victims in whose behalf this entire project is being conceived and implemented.”
The Association also announced approval by Gratz college of another proposal, establishment of a course in the history of the Jews during the Nazi tyranny. “It is incumbent upon us survivors to keep alive this tragic chapter in the history of our people,” a statement by the Association said. “We fortunate living witnesses are duty-bound to commemorate the chronicles of our brethren who bore the brunt of the ruthless, savage Nazi hordes.”