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Charleston Holocaust Memorial Committee records

Identifier: Mss 1177

Collection Overview

The records of the Charleston Holocaust Memorial Committee contain planning and management documents, dedication ceremony materials, correspondence, and committee and chair files relating to the planning, construction, financing, dedication, and management of the Charleston Holocaust Memorial located in Marion Square. All files are in original order and folder titles have been retained.

The Planning and Management series contains documents about the planning, design, construction, and financing of the Memorial. There are also project proposals and presentations, information about grants and the legal status of the memorial, and a soil exploration study.

The Dedication series focuses on the 1999 dedication ceremony--its planning, programs, and schedule in addition to clippings about the dedication and video and photographs/negatives of the ceremony.

The files in the Correspondence series reflect every aspect of planning, fundraising, construction, and the dedication of the Memorial and are preserved in their original chronological order.

The Committee Files series contains papers and documents that were collected by the committee. The files, arranged by date, contain a wide variety of documents, including meeting minutes, financials, contracts and agreements, correspondence, and construction plans/submissions. Some focus exclusively on single subjects like magazine clippings, Holocaust education, or letters to the editor.

The files of chair David Popowski include a chronology of the Memorial project, correspondence, and research files about Holocaust education and memorials in other places.


  • Creation: 1994-2017
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1994-2005


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Historical Note

A grassroots effort to create a Holocaust memorial in Charleston, South Carolina was started by Pincus Kolender and Joe Engel in 1994. Five years of design, fundraising, and construction followed. Approximately 20 members of the Jewish community oversaw the project, operating as a committee of the Charleston Jewish Federation. Survivors Joe Engel, Pincus Kolender, Charles Markowitz, and Sam Greene played key roles. An executive committee consisting of Jennifer Phillips, Anita Zucker, Jeffrey Rosenblum, and David Popowski handled the daily tasks and issues with Popowski serving as chair. Mayor Riley assigned City Parks Director Steven Livingston and head of Cultural Affairs Ellen Dressler Moryl to the committee. Fundraising efforts were led by Anita Zucker.

From a group of 15 applicants, architect Jonathan Levi of Boston was selected to design the memorial and landscape design firm Design Works of Charleston was selected to plan the landscaping. The committee chose contractors Stier, Kent & Canady to build the memorial. A site on Marion Square fronting Calhoun Street was chosen for the memorial. Ground was broken on July 23, 1997, and on June 6, 1999, the memorial was dedicated before a crowd of 1,500 people.


4.0 linear feet (9 document boxes, 3 oversize paper folders)


The records of the Charleston Holocaust Memorial Committee of the Charleston Jewish Federation include committee files, planning and management documents, and other records relating to the planning, construction, financing, dedication, and management of the Charleston Holocaust Memorial located in Marion Square.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Planning and management, 1994-2017
  2. Dedication, 1999
  3. Correspondence, 1994-2003
  4. Committee files, 1994-2011
  5. David Popowski's files, 1994-2005

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2013 by Judi H. Corsaro and Jennifer Phillips, in 2014 by Eileen Chepenik, in 2015 by Judi H. Corsaro, and in 2017 by Rebecca Engel.

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Bickel, September 2023.



Inventory of the Charleston Holocaust Memorial Committee Records, 1994-2011 (bulk 1994-2005)
Processed by: Lauren Bickel; finding aid created by: Lauren Bickel
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Repository Details

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