Outside the Centre’s main building, there is over an acre of beautifully landscaped memorial gardens which provide an important counterpoint to the historical museum. The gardens provide space for reflection and places for individuals to remember their families. They allow visitors to sit in the midst of a living, growing world and absorb the demanding challenge that the Centre presents.
The memorial gardens contain a number of different areas, including a beautiful rose garden that has become a place of pilgrimage in its own right. Over 800 visitors to the Centre, many of them survivors and their families, have planted roses in memory of the victims. For many, it is the only place where the names of their parents and siblings are permanently inscribed.
Sculpture and Stained Glass
The gardens also contain a range of sculptures created by artists who were all survivors. Among the most striking are two commemorative pieces fashioned by the well known sculptor Naomi Blake and Doreen Kern’s depiction of Anne Frank, which particularly resonates with many of the younger visitors.
Stained-glass windows have also been created by artists Roman Halter and Moshe Galili in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Holocaust Centre, Beth Shalom
Beth Shalom is the UK’s only Holocaust centre and it opened in 1995 in Nottinghamshire.
The Holocaust Centre promotes an understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice, and the development of ethical values, leading to a greater understanding within society. The Centre uses the history of genocide as a model of how society can break down, and emphasises how current and future generations must carefully examine and learn from these tragedies. The Centre promotes respect for human rights, equal opportunities and good citizenship, which has greater resonance than ever in our culturally diverse society.