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The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews including 1.5 million children, by the Nazi regime in Germany, aided by its allies and collaborators. It was genocide on an unprecedented scale, with the aim of annihilating the Jewish people. Racist ideology was used to justify the persecution and murder not only of Jews, but many additional millions, like the Sinti and Roma, Slavic people, or people with disabilities. Many risked their lives to save their neighbors and countrymen, but many more stood by and watched in silence. An essential lesson from the Holocaust is the responsibility to stand up to injustice, hatred, and bigotry against any group of people. 


The Holocaust


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AJCC Holocaust Memorial


Holocaust Memorial

Located on the grounds of the Augusta Jewish Community Center this local Holocaust Memorial reminds us of the millions of innocent victims who perished.


Micki and Alan Lavine and children Lenore and Mark donated this sculpture to the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Columbia County.


This sculpture depicts six flames representing the six million innocent Jewish victims killed during the Holocaust.


Engraved on the sculpture are also the names of the communities in Europe from which Jewish men, women, and children were displaced and then murdered during the Holocaust. The Jewish way of life and culture that thrived for generations in these villages, towns, and cities were destroyed along with their Jewish residents. The Nazis kept accurate ledgers of their activities with the names, ages, and birthplaces of the victims. There are such ledgers preserved in museums (see link below) that show the horrific crime of total elimination of all the Jewish people from a town just callously marked as a task completed.


This sculpture at the Augusta Jewish Community center stands as a local memorial in honor of the victims.

Yad Vashem. The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

Eye witness accounts of the Holocaust

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Abe's Story: A Holocaust Memoir. Abram Korn survived two Nazi ghettos, eight concentration camps, and a 45-day death march from Auschwitz. This is his inspiring story of how Abe kept his sense of human dignity. After the war, Abe settled in Augusta, Georgia where he raised a family and became a successful businessman.

Book Information

More information about Abe Korn

American signatures on a Nazi flag

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This Nazi flag was taken from a German tank near the Buchenwald Death Camp by a group of American soldiers in 1945. The men roughly tore the body of the flag away, leaving only its ominous black swastika inside its soiled white circle. Celebrating the moment for posterity, the men all signed their names with their rank and home addresses. One of them is from the CSRA. When the museum opens, come and find his signature along with the story of this priceless display from WWII.


Only a small section is shown here. The entire flag center with the signatures will be displayed with the original 1930 Voigtlander camera that Sgt. Chuck Heery, a medic in the 565th Anti-aircraft Battalion in General Patton’s Third Army, acquired from a German POW near Buchenwald.

The Augusta Jewish Museum has many more stories to tell.

Please come see us when the AJM opens in Summer 2023.

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