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18 ft high stainless steel sculptural monument with stone plaza, benches, and inscribed wall.
Libeskind's proposal features a plaza-like limestone pathway that leads the viewer to two vertical rectangular forms made of brushed stainless steel. A story from an Auschwitz survivor is embossed upon the two forms, which sit at an angle to one another and are separated by a slight opening, guiding the viewer's eye skyward, eventually resting upon a cut-out form of a bisected hexagram (six-pointed) star. The cut-out provides a direct view of the sky (bypassing the buildings of downtown Columbus). Along the path is a graduated stone wall that also serves as a seating area. Engraved into that wall is an inspirational quote that honors the death camp liberators:
"IF YOU SAVE ONE LIFE, IT IS AS IF YOU SAVED THE WORLD
IN HONOR OF THE OHIO SURVIVORS AND LIBERATORS
IN REMEMBERANCE OF THE SIX MILLION JEWS WHO PERISHED IN THE HOLOCAUST
Every human being who chooses to remember this chapter of history and to infuse it with meaning is thereby choosing to struggle for the preservation of the bedrock moral values that alone make possible the existence of a well-ordered society. This is a commitment to uphold human rights, above all, freedom and the sanctity of life, and the opportunity for people to live side by side in harmony.”
- Avner Shalev