BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Holocaust survivor and founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial, Steve Ross, died Monday.
Dozens of stones were placed on top of the didactic plates at the memorial in Boston to honor Ross.
Ross endured 10 concentration camps between 1940 and 1945, after first being imprisoned when he was nine years old. Members of his family, including his parents and six siblings, were murdered by the Nazis, according to the memorial’s website. Only Ross and his brother, Harry, survived.
Ross was liberated from the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. He went on to become an American soldier in the Korean War, public speaker, and a counselor to Boston’s troubled youth.
“Today Boston lost a giant, and the world quite honestly lost a giant,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted on Monday. “Here’s a man who could have given up several times in his life and he didn’t. I’m very sad today at the loss of Steve Ross.”
The New England Holocaust Memorial, which was first dedicated in 1995, can be found in Union Street Park in downtown Boston.
“Steve had one dream, one vision and one mission. He wanted to remember, with a memorial, his lost family members among the six million Jewish victims and other innocent people who lost their lives in the Holocaust, those soldiers who liberated the concentration camps; and all the soldiers who helped end the war,” the memorial’s website says. “He wanted this memorial to serve as a lesson to future generations.”
WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports