Please join The Women of the Shoah/Jewish Placemaking for the Unveiling of
“She Wouldn’t Take Off Her Boots”
North Carolina’s Women’s Holocaust Memorial Monument
Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m.
in Greensboro’s LeBauer Park - 208 North Davie Street
“She Wouldn’t Take Off Her Boots,”in honor of brave mothers Eva Weiner and Sofia Gualik will be dedicated on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. on the LeBauer Stage in downtown Greensboro.
The monument, an original sculpture by artist Victoria Milstein, represents the artist’s interpretation of a photograph taken in Latvia of four women and a little girl minutes before they were shot and killed by German soldiers and their accomplices in 1941.
The monument is designed not only to remember the Holocaust, but to have a place for impactful Holocaust education. It offers social engagement and participation of the audience: the act of looking through the camera, where the spectator can become a witness, to see and feel the opposite of what the Nazi soldier saw. It is designed to honor the strength and resilience of all women. Honoring those who perished, the monument will convey a powerful statement against the murder of women and children, antisemitism, genocide, and all hate.
The program will include:
- The history of the monument from sculpture artist Victoria Milstein and Holocaust survivor, Shelly Weiner.
- Rabbi Libby Fisher of Temple Emanuel and members of the Women of The Shoah Board of Directors will lead a candle lighting ceremony that will recognize leaders in our state and city who work to promote diversity and inclusion in our community. The names of the women of the monument will be read aloud to honor their memory.
- Dani Dayon, Chairman of Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, will address the audience via video along with remarks by the Honorable NC Representative to the US Congress, Kathy Manning.
- Cellist Julian Schwarz will play music written by composers who perished in the Holocaust.
- The Honorable Nancy Vaughan, Mayor of Greensboro, will read the monument dedication and the sculpture will be unveiled in Carolyn’s Garden.
- A Multicultural Choir representing young people from around the city will close the program with a song of hope and the audience will be invited to walk through the garden to view the monument.
For more information, please contact Women of the Shoah, the non-profit that has planned and coordinated all aspects of this Holocaust memorial and monument, at womenoftheshoahjp.org.