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Ohio Holocaust Memorial Opens At Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- The state's memorial to victims and survivors of the Holocaust and those who liberated them has been dedicated.

The memorial was initially proposed by Gov. John Kasich during a Holocaust remembrance ceremony a the Statehouse in 2011. 

Designed by Daniel Libeskind, who's parents survived the Holocaust, includes two 18-foot tall tablets that open up to a broken "Star of David."

"I thought of something that opens, like a book, that starts with the triangles that were worn to identify people for murder," he said during a ceremony in the Ohio Theater.

Kasich said the Holocaust is a great example of what happens when people forget to see humans as made in the image of God and with a purpose.

"Young people need to know about injustice and how it happened and what we might be able to do as individuals to never let it happen again," he said.

The $2.1 million memorial was mostly funded by private donations. It's construction was opposed by a long-time leader of the group that oversees the operation of the Ohio Statehouse. Former-Sen. Richard Finan objected to a religious symbol being on the ground arguing it would open the state to a lawsuit. He also didn't think the memorial fit the look of the Civil War-era Statehouse.

 

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