The Peoria Holocaust Memorial

The Peoria Holocaust Memorial – a collection of 11 million buttons, 6 million for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust and 5 million for other enemies of the Nazi state – is one of the most unique remembrances of and lessons on this tragic, horrific and cruelest extermination of human life.

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Now the “Button Project” idea – conceived in 2001 and delivered in 2003 with the opening of the original Peoria Holocaust Memorial – is preparing for a momentous rebirth.

After changes at the original location of the Memorial, a conversation began about seeking a new site that would promote ever greater awareness. The search ignited a remarkable discussion about creating the ultimate learning and historic experience in one location.

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The Peoria Riverfront Museum was ultimately chosen. An unused section of the Museum grounds proved to be the perfect size and setting for the relocation of the Memorial – as if it were bashert (destiny) – meant to be.

Many individuals and groups worked on the first memorial to make it a reality, and as a result, hundreds of thousands of visitors saw the unique display of stars and triangles lled with buttons of every size, color and shape, each representing a human life extinguished by the Nazi regime.

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A new generation is joining the evolved mission to keep the message alive and in front of countless more visitors. The deepened commitment to edu- cating people about the horri c consequences of intolerance, bigotry, hatred and prejudice is even more relevant today in a world that struggles with these issues. 

Let us remember: what hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander. 

     – Elie Weisel


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