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Gherla Memorial Inauguration


 On 22 May 2016, the Holocaust Memorial located next to the Synagogue in Gherla, Romanian was inaugurated.

The monument is dedicated to the 1600 Jews that were deported from Gherla to Nazi concentration camps - incluidng the 1040 identified victims - but also to the residents that saved Jews during the Second World War.

The architecture of the memorial symbolizes the forced labor that some of the Jews were subjected to in stone quarries and has a Memorial Wall as a centerpiece the with the names of the victims. The memorial was  designed and implemented by architects Dominic and Raul Teleki - grandchildren of Samuel Teleki, a victim of the Holocaust.

The project was coordinated by the Chairman of the Jewish Community of Gherla, Mr. Alexandru Sommer, and Mike Klein (USA), a former resident of Gherla.

The ceremony was attended by members of the Jewish community, Holocaust survivors, the Mayor of Gherla, and representatives from the Government, “Elie Wiesel” National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania, the diplomatic corps and the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. The Romanian Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance was represented by Ms. Oana Rogoveanu, director of the Human Rights, Protection of Minorities and the Council of Europe Directorate within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.