The Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) is a constituent agency of the
Milwaukee Jewish Federation (MJF). HERC commissioned PKPD to create a small
outdoor space on the Karl Jewish Community Campus in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
The Holocaust is a universal and enduring
historical event. The sculpture and public space is envisioned to be a
compelling visual statement at a significant public place, not a museum. To
explain or depict the Holocaust is not the primary goal.
The HERC committee sees in this location an
opportunity to reach out and touch the generally impassive and silent majority,
to inspire awareness among both Jewish and non-Jewish society, and to encourage
deep reflection on the consequences of denying fundamental rights, human hope,
and common humanity to any group or individual, particularly so when mass
silence and indifference allows this to happen. The sculpture speaks to
visitors of diverse races and origins but is uniquely Jewish.
“Pinat Hatikvah”, A Corner of Hope, will emphasize the strengths of humanity—the will
to survive, the ability to help fellow human beings in the face of adversity,
the capacity for compassion, understanding and peace. In creating such a place,
HERC seeks to create a major fundraising project that will help sustain
Holocaust education in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.
An outdoor space centered by a sculpture as a focal point. The space allows
families to come to reflect and to remember loved ones who died during the
Holocaust or who survived the Holocaust, and to honor those who brought light
to a dark time. Rather than being a place to commemorate death, ‘Corner of
Hope’ is a place to celebrate life and continuity. The sculpture and
surrounding design provides a place of contemplation and peace with a message