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In 1654, fearing oppression by the Portuguese who had recently conquered the Dutch settlement of Recife, Brazil, Jews living there set off for the Netherlands. However, rather than arriving safely in Amsterdam, one of the 16 ships carrying them was blown off course and robbed by pirates. The 23 survivors were picked up by a French ship heading to Canada and left off in New Amsterdam, as New York was then known. In 1954, to mark the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Jews in North America, observations were held in many cities. Rabbi Ferdinand M. Isserman of Temple Israel formed a St. Louis committee to erect a suitable monument in Forest Park. The resulting sculpture was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1956. Created by Danish-born Carl C. Mose, head of the Sculpture Department at Washington University, the monument features a flagpole with a wave-like limestone base. Depicted on the base are Biblical quotations relating to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms”: freedom from tyranny; of religion; from fear and war; and from want. Among other figures, a ship, symbolic of that which bore the refugees to New Amsterdam, is also represented. In 1989, renovation of the monument was undertaken at the request of Forest Park Forever. Civic leader Howard Baer, then 87 and the sole living member of the original 1954 committee, chaired the fundraising effort and engaged Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum as architects for the project. The sculpture was raised up on a pedestal of nine steps and lighting, benches and sidewalks were added to Lopata Plaza surrounding the monument — named in honor of major contributors Lucy and Stanley Lopata. Ted and Nancy Koplar donated the fountains on the west side of the monument
The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum uses the history and lessons of the Holocaust to reject hatred, promote understanding, and inspire change. You can learn about the Holocaust from those who lived it by reading inspirational stories from survivors who immigrated to St. Louis. We hope that our exhibits and programs, plus personal accounts of survivors, deepen understanding of the Holocaust.
Kohn's is the only restaurant and deli in St. Louis that can meet all of your kosher needs. Offering a kosher butcher shop, deli, bakery, grocery store, and catering options, we're certain that we'll be your only stop for kosher needs. If you're in the Creve Coeur area, stop in and try our famous Killer Pastrami Sandwich while you shop for your groceries. If you're not in St. Louis, no problem! We have an online meat store where you can order kosher meat online and have it sent straight to your door! Kohn's Kosher Deli is known for the Killer Pastrami Sandwich. It's so good that Sauce magazine says,“this is about as perfect as a sandwich can be, and a welcome reminder that the simplest things are often the most satisfying.”. Aside from our pastrami, we serve a number of other sandwiches and lunch options in our Creve Coeur location. In our kosher deli, you can find hot dogs, salads, wraps, and incredible side dishes. If you're hungry visit our Restaurant Menu for more details. Quality kosher meat is very important to us. Our butchers can meet your requests for the cut you want and recommend various styles based on your needs. All the meat we prepare is locally sourced from farmers. We offer a wide variety of meats like chicken, turkey, beef, veal, bison, and more. Visit our Butcher page to learn more about what we offer.