The Button Memorial (Children’s Holocaust Memorial)
- $5,311.00 donated
- 40 generous donors
This memorial will give a voice to the children who perished in the Holocaust and ensure that such hatred may never be allowed to flourish.
Between 1939 and 1945, 1.5 million children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators, including over a million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Romani children and children with physical and mental disabilities. This memorial, consisting of one button for every child lost, seeks to honour and give a voice to these children.
This project started at Moriah College in Wellington in 2008, where students initiated the collection of 1.5 million buttons to comprehend the sheer vastness of the number, and they received support from all over the world.
The memorial incorporates a selection of variously sized "nesting tables", each increasing in size and volume of buttons. After it launches in Wellington in October, it will travel throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
This memorial will not be possible without further support. By donating to this project, you will help us reach our goal and memorialise the lives that were cut short by the Holocaust.
UPDATE: Manufacturing is now complete! We still require approximately $20,000 to cover costs.
Use of Funds:
This project aims to raise a base target of $90,000. This would support the creation of the memorial itself, as well as running costs.
Thanks to a private donor, every dollar you donate will be matched.
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The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand mission is to:
1. Ensure that the memory of the Holocaust remains in the present, and shapes our future.
2. Work and converse with all of NZ society.
3. Teach and encourage people to take individual responsibility for opposing prejudice in all of its forms.
4. Guard against attempts to make any group a target of mass prejudice.
5. Encourage respect for diversity.
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