The Central Valley Button Holocaust Memorial


Buttons come in different sizes, textures, colors, and shapes. Cynthia Fischer, executive director of the CA Holocaust Education and Resource Center, has been collecting buttons for more than a decade to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust. Each button represents a single victim of the Holocaust. Each victim was an individual, a father, a mother, a daughter, a baby, a big brother, a little sister, a tailor, a writer, a student. Each unique in its own way. Just like the individuality of each button in a button jar. 

Chabad of Bakersfield was honored to be gifted these buttons to create and build the first Holocaust Memorial in the Central Valley of California. We have created a memorial using six million buttons along a serene and beautiful walkway in the back of the Chabad Jewish Community Center. The memorial is  a place to remember those that were lost and in addition; a place to inspire us to do better, be kinder, and help turn this world into the garden G‑d intended it to be.

The memorial is open to the public
Sundays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
at: Chabad of Bakersfield
6901 Ming Ave
For schools and groups please call: 661-834-1512

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The Button Memorial in the JWeekly of Northern California

The Button Memorial in The Bakersfield Californian

The Button Memorial on KGET 17- Bakersfield