the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “When
evil men plot, good men must plan. When civil men burn
and bomb, good men must build and bind.”
Every day our city sees countless
acts of human kindness, decency and justice. This memorial
is one such act. The erection of this monuments completes
four years of quiet work by many decent human beings
to promote justice and respect for the rule of law.
I thank everyone associated
with this project, especially Justice Francis T. Murphy,
who conceived the idea of a monument at the Supreme
Court Appellate Division and worked with my distinguished
predecessor in office, Mayor Edward I. Koch, to make
it a reality.
And I pay tribute as well
to Harriet Feigenbaum, the sculptress of the memorial.
I also thank the host of
people who supported this undertaking, including Manhattan
District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, William H. Mulligan,
William A. Shea, Kenneth Bialkin, David Finkelstein,
Alexander Forger, Henry L. King, Denis McInerney and
Though your acts of kindness
do not always receive the attention they deserve, you
represent the spirit of New York – the spirit
of respect and unity. May God bless every one of you.
David N. Dinkins
are here, on this gentle spring day, to Remember the
unspeakable horror of the Holocaust and to mark that
evil with a monument to the victims of that injustice.
From the grief and suffering
of the murdered millions we here today pledge that the
memory of that injustice will never be forgotten, that
all who see this monument or enter this courthouse will
remember the price exacted when principles of justice
The Holocaust is not one story
but millions, each unique compelling and heartrending.
With us this afternoon are people who, by sharing their
experiences of that nightmare, help us grasp its human
This Holocaust Memorial is
now and forever a part of this Temple of Justice. It
will speak forever of justice under law...
Francis T. Murphy
loss of the six million Jews who died and the pain suffered
by the men, women, and children before their death and
of those who survived Auschwitz and other death camps
cannot be described. The inhumanity of the Nazis directed
at the Jews who were the principal victims at Auschwitz
is unbelievable. While every death perpetrated at the
hands of the Nazis has to be lamented and recalled with
horror, the horror perpetrated against the Jews of Europe
was especially cruel.
That is why this monument
is so important. The survivors of the concentration
camps are now elderly and many are feeble. Soon they
will be gone and no one will be left to recall personally
what happened. This monument will serve as a remembrance.
- In a moment, we will unveil
the Memorial to the Victims of the Injustice of the
The Memorial, transformed
through the artistry of Harriet Feigenbaum from a
mute shaft of Carrera marble into a powerful and striking
symbol of monstrous injustice, will be for all who
see it a reminder of events we dare not forget.
Of victims, we dare not
Of murderers, we dare not
Of the human capacity for
evil, we dare not forget.
Our common, public memory
of the Holocaust has been carved into this marble,
enclosed and captured in it, kept whole and safe in
That is a good and necessary thing...
Governor Mario M. Cuomo
- On May 22, 1990,
a ceremony was held outside the Appellate Division courthouse
to mark the unveiling of a Memorial to the Victims of
the Injustice of the Holocaust. The memorial, a 38-foot
columnar marble sculpture created by the artist Harriet
Feigenbaum and the only such monument on
a public building in this country, is now a permanent
part of the Madison Avenue exterior of the courthouse.
At the ceremony, speaking to an audience that included
Governor Mario M. Cuomo, Mayor David N. Dinkins and
Mayor Edward I. Koch, Presiding Justice Murphy noted
the monument’s significance.
“The holocaust memorial we unveil today is
not free standing; it is a part of the walls and foundation
of this courthouse....it is fitting that our memorial
be part of the Court, just as the memory of the Holocaust
should always be a part of our consciousness.”
to right: Governor Mario Cuomo, Judge Gertrud Mainzer,
Harriet Feigenbaum, Sculptress, Mayor David N. Dinkins,
Presiding Justice Francis T. Murphy