Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, Nottingham

Located on the outskirts of Nottingham, the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, is the UK’s principal memorial to the 6.6 million Jews who were murdered as part of the Nazi “final solution”, a scheme of premeditated mass genocide on an industrial scale.  The Centre includes the National Holocaust Museum, where most of the pictures below were taken as well as a series of memorial, many of which are situated in a memorial garden.

The Centre was established in 1995 by two brothers James and Stephen Smith, neither of whom are Jewish. They were both much affected by a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in 1991. This experience led them to believe that teaching and public awareness of the Holocaust in the UK was deficient and required work to show people how the holocaust impacted upon as individuals.

Beth Shalom translates from Hebrew as Centre for Peace. This aptly encapsulates the Centre’s wider remit beyond the Holocaust where it serves as a centre for dialogue and education about peace. Today the Centre’s work-regrettably-has broadened beyond the Holocaust to encompass the commemoration and discussion of other genocides such as the mass murders in Rwanda and Kosovo in the 1990s.


Memorials to the Murdered


 

Exhibition Spaces