Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial

The Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial honors the 6 million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis. It is also a tribute to the survivors who made their way to Rhode Island, built new lives around their families, and contributed to the social fabric of our state.

Located on the Providence River Walk, the Memorial stands in tribute to all we have lost and all we have learned. By sharing a place for meaningful reflection, we hope that the Memorial will help create a kinder world. The creation of this memorial was a collaboration between the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center, under the guidance of the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial Committee.

The Holocaust Memorial is a sculpture garden that features a winding stone path engraved with railroad tracks evoking the trains that took European Jews and others marginalized by the Nazis to concentration camps. Along the path stand six stone pillars, representing the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. At the end of the path, in the center of the Memorial, sits a smooth elliptical stone.

The Memorial includes a bluetooth enabled app that works with all phones and devices, and allows the app to speak to visitors as they walk through the path. The app can be downloaded by searching for “Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial” in the Apple Store or Google Play. The app allows you to take a virtual tour either on or off-site. Docent-led tours are also available to enhance your group’s visit. Please contact Kelly Alpert Vest, our Director Programs and Community Engagement, to arrange for a docent-led visit at 401-453-7860 or kvest@hercri.org.