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Beth Abraham Bench at the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial

Many of us attended the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial dedication ceremony on June 1.   The Memorial was conceived and spearheaded by Fred Teeboom, a well-known Nashua ex-alderman who survived the Holocaust as a hidden child in the Netherlands. Virtually single-handedly, he raised the $150,000 needed to construct the Memorial, which is the first of its kind in New Hampshire, and which will soon be turned over to the city. Some of the fundraising involved contributions to purchase memorial bricks and benches at the site. Now that construction is complete, funds are needed to provide ongoing maintenance.

At the June meeting of the Beth Abraham Board of Directors, the Board voted to donate a bench. Plans were developed during July with the assistance of Fred and Rabbi Jon, and it was installed on August 15.
There are 7 such benches at the Memorial; ours is somewhat larger than the others, and is installed near the entrance so that it is quite prominent and one of the first things that visitors encounter.

It is inscribed with a quotation from Rabbi Chananya ben Teradyon, who lived in the second century, CE. We read his story each year during the Martyrology portion of the Yom Kippur service.   He was burnt at the stake by the Romans for defying an edict prohibiting teaching of Torah. It is said that the Romans wrapped him in a Torah, placed wet wool over his heart to prolong his torture, and then set fire to him. He was surrounded by his students who asked him what he was seeing and feeling. He said, “The parchment is burning, but the letters are flying free.”

If you have not yet visited the Memorial, you should put it on your list of things to do. It is located in the Rotary Common Park, at 315 Main Street, Nashua, and its website is www.nhholocaustmemorial.org

Alan Green
For the Temple Beth Abraham Board of Directors

Read letter from Fred Teeboom, President of Holocaust Memorial in Nashua, Inc.

Note: Click on any of the above images to view a gallery of the Holocaust Memorial pictures.

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