The Gendelman Children’s Holocaust Memorial Tree will be dedicated in January 2024. More information will be available as the dedication nears.
The Memorial will stand in perpetuity as a beacon and centerpiece of MorseLife’s remembrance of the 1,500,000 children murdered at the hands of the Nazis and, at the same time, as a symbol to future generations of the Jewish people’s resilience. Once erected, the bronze Tree Sculpture will stand 27 feet high and weigh more than 60,000lbs. It will be adorned with several thousand ceramic butterflies, hand painted by children in our community and each memorializing a child who perished in the Holocaust. These butterflies on the memorial are part of The Butterfly Project’s worldwide art memorial with a goal of displaying 1.5 million ceramic butterflies, one for every child killed in the Holocaust.
Our artist, Bruce Gendelman and the local team of welders are hard at work welding the hundreds of cast pieces into several major sections in advance of their being transported to MorseLife. Once on site, work will commence welding the main casting sections, welding all the upper branches and leaves, applying a final patina and attaching the ceramic butterflies. See attached photo of one of the main sections in the welding shop.