Conceptual drawing of the sculpture
The Holocaust Memorial in Buttonwood Park was designed by University of Massachusetts Dartmouth art professor Peter London. Erected in May 1998 on Rockdale Avenue near the corner of Hawthorn Street, it was the dream of Abraham Landau, the Holocaust survivor who survived 13 concentration and labor camps. Mr. Landau had been a resident of New Bedford, with his wife, Frieda, and family, since 1950. He died in 2000. Under the auspices of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Greater New Bedford Jewish Federation, Ed Rudnick, Abe Landau, and Peter London solicited funds from the citizens of New Bedford for this monument. The bronze sculpture was created by UMD art professor Eric Lintala and Visiting Artist Stacy Latt Savage. It was cast at a Rhode Island Foundry. The Yom Hashoah program is commemorated annually at this site in April or May. Abe Landau's biography, Branded on my arm and in my soul: a Holocaust memoir by Abraham Landau, was published by Spinner Publications in October, 2011.
Abe Landau, left, and Peter London, right, with a scale model of the memorial.