The Memorial

 :נָתַתִּי לָהֶם בְּבֵיתִי וּבְחוֹמֹתַי יָד וָשֵׁם - שֵׁם עוֹלָם אֶתֶּן-לָהֶם אֲשֶׁר לֹא יִכָּרֵת

Unto them will I give in mine house and within mine walls a place and a name; an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 56:5)

The memorial „Zur Erinnerung an die Echzeller Opfer der Judenverfolgung 1933 - 1945 (in Memory of the Victims from Echzell of the Persecution of Jews in 1933 -1945)“ is dedicated to the victims from Echzell of the Persecution of Jews during the Nazi period.

Engraved into the foot are the names of the people who were born in Echzell or used to live here for some time and who are recorded in the official lists in Yad Vashem and the German “Memorial Book of the Federal Archives for the Victims of the Persecution of Jews in Germany (1933-1945)” as victims of the Shoah.

The memorial holds 59 names with date and place of birth and - if known - date and place of death. However, those who were ousted from their native land, too, are victims of persecution, and how much more the few who survived the camps and returned.

There are many more whose fate we do not know. Perhaps they got through somehow and arrived somewhere - but then perhaps there was simply no one left to have them declared dead after the war.

So the official lists are probably not complete, and they are indeed not without contradictions between them. Whoever is able to contribute any further news about the fate of individual persons or whole families is cordially invited to share his knowledge with us.

So we can give them back their names, too.