BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Though Boston has the New England Holocaust Memorial on Union Street, the City lacks a museum, something that officials are looking to change with preliminary planning underway.
Jody Kipnis, co-founder of the Holocaust Legacy Foundation, told the Associated Press that a 15,000 square-foot building is set to become a museum downtown at Boston Common, across from the State House, and that it will serve as a deterrent to the rising incidents of antisemitic and swastika graffiti in schools. The building cost Kipnis and her partner Todd Ruderman $11.5 million, and will be Boston's first indoor museum that's dedicated to the Holocaust, officials said.
Foundation officials said that because planning is in its beginning stages, there is no museum opening date yet.
"We understand the timeliness of this project with an increase in antisemitism and xenophobia around the world. The message of elevation of human dignity has never been more important," HLF said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
The Boston-based Holocaust Legacy Foundation, which formed in 2018, says they aim to create a place dedicated to educating New England's public about the consequences of antisemitism and the evils of genocide.