Wooden pedestal painted white with white Star of David and red heart affixed to front. Handwritten in pencil and black marker on the Star of David is the name "Irving Younger." Collaged onto the heart are white pieces of paper and a translation of Psalm 34:18: "The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Accompanying image shows all 11 Stars of David in the series.
Immediately following the October 27 attack, carpenter Greg Zanis of Naperville, Ill. built 11 freestanding Stars of David in memory of the 11 people who were killed that day. He delivered the Stars of David to the Tree of Life synagogue building the following afternoon and placed them outside the Zittrain Gardens on the Shady Avenue side of the building. The Stars of David quickly became the basis of a large outdoor memorial containing thousands of objects brought by people from all over the world. A second smaller memorial emerged in a private yard near a police barricade erected at Murray and Wilkins avenues. Community volunteers moved the entirety of these two memorials inside the Tree of Life building on November 14, 2018, for preservation purposes. The 11 Stars of David became part of a public display of select objects arranged in the windows of the Hailperin Sanctuary lobby. Rauh Jewish Archives staff and volunteers dismantled this display on February 16, 2023, and the 11 Stars of David were brought to the archive for preservation. Through his organization "Crosses for Losses," Zanis made and delivered more than 26,000 crosses, Stars of David, and crescents to the sites of mass violence and natural disasters between 1999 and his death in 2020.
The October 27 Archive collects responses to an antisemitic attack in Pittsburgh, Pa. on October 27, 2018. These responses take many forms but share a motivating impulse. Each began in the mind and heart of someone who was moved by the events of that day and was compelled to create something meaningful from that feeling. By sharing these responses, those people chose to be vulnerable for the sake of a greater good. The October 27 Archive website was launched with the belief that sharing these responses with the world can provide an avenue for people all over the world to reflect, learn, and heal.
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