New Orleans – Holocaust Memorial

The New Orleans Holocaust Memorial is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in a prominent location along the riverwalk.

The memorial was designed by Yaacov Agam, an Israeli sculptor and artist who has designed some large structures, including the Hanukkah Menorah in New York.

The memorial was unveiled in June 2003 and was part-funded by the Goldring Family Foundation. It’s located in a place that visitors to the city might not expect to find a memorial to the Holocaust, but that does perhaps make it rather more thought provoking.

Visiting at night doesn’t really do the memorial justice, as these panels have themes relating to the Jewish community. The location was cause of some local upset in 2017 when a fried chicken festival used the memorial as a staff rest area. They promptly made it worse by saying that this was deliberately planned, although they’ve pledged to make changes for the 2018 event.