Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations
The Garden of the Righteous among the Nations is part of the much larger Yad Vashem complex located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Along with some two dozen different structures which comprise the Yad Vashem memorial – the second most-visited destination in the country after the Western Wall – the Garden of the Righteous is meant to honor those non-Jews who during the Holocaust risked their lives to save Jews. The entire site receives one million visitors annually. In the Garden, names of the Righteous among the Nations are engraved in alphabetical order on walls arranged according to country.
The Garden of the Righteous initiative was launched in 1992 by Rabbi Jeffrey Wohlberg. Around the site trees are planted everywhere, with plaques attached to each one with names and countries of origin of those being honored. They are most prominent in the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations (also pictured) meant specifically for that purpose, with around 2,000 trees.
Other points of interest in the complex aside from the Garden include: the Visitors’ Center, Book and Resource Center, the Holocaust History Museum, the Hall of Names, the Square of Hope, the Holocaust Art Museum, the Synagogue, the Exhibitions Pavilion, the Visual Center, the Learning Center, Hall of Remembrance, Pillar of Heroism, Children’s Memorial, Janusz Korczak Square, Archives and Library Building, Family Plaza, International School for Holocaust Studies, Administration and Research Building, Monument to the Jewish Soldiers, Partisans’ Panorama, Valley of the Communities, the Cattle Car Memorial to the Deportees (pictured), Warsaw Ghetto Square, Wall of Remembrance and others.
The Garden prominently features the Wall of Honor for each country on which the names of the Righteous are inscribed. Also, the ceremonies of granting the awards are held in the Garden. There are three degrees of reverence granted to rescuers including those already deceased and their relatives; the presentation of the Title usually in the recipient's country by an ambassador, a special Medal in their name with Diploma awarded in Jerusalem, and the planting of a tree in the Garden of the Righteous. In 2010, the Square of Hope was dedicated in the honor of New York and Israeli real estate investor Henry Moscowitz.
Notes and references
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- "About The International School for Holocaust Studies". Teaching About the Shoah. Yad Vashem. The Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority. 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
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- Department of the Righteous Among the Nations (2011). "Righteous Among the Nations". About Israel Information. Consulate General of Israel to New England. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- "Righteous among the Nations". Articles. Tel Aviv: Israel Philatelic Federation. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- The American & International Societies for Yad Vashem bulletin November 7, 2010
- Yad Vashem Annual Report 2010 retrieved January 1, 2013
- "The gardens of the Righteous". The virtual Gardens of Europe's Righteous. Gariwo. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
- Press Room (2012). "The Righteous Among The Nations". About the Program. Yad Vashem. Retrieved October 28, 2012.