Nina Katz and Memphis Holocaust Survivors Legacy Sculpture

A passionate advocate of and tireless activist for Holocaust awareness both in Memphis and beyond, Holocaust survivor Nina Katz devoted many years to speaking about her personal experience and the Holocaust in general to diverse audiences across the racial, religious and demographic spectrums. After her death, the Holocaust Memorial Committee of Memphis Jewish Federation decided that it wanted to do something that would memorialize Nina and, at the same time, honor all Memphis Holocaust survivors. 


Under the leadership of Marty Kelman and Rachel Shankman, a subcommittee was formed to research an appropriate memorial and to gather the names and countries of origin of all known Memphis Holocaust survivors. After months of work, the subcommittee commissioned Memphis-area artist Brian Russell to create a glass sculpture with the names and origin countries of all Memphis survivors etched into the glass. A quote from Nina is etched in as well. 

The sculpture, and accompanying donor recognition plaque, are on display in the lobby of the Memphis Jewish Community Center, near the Holocaust Torah scroll and Yom HaShoah candelabra. 


For more information, contact Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein at or (901) 767-7100. 

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