Giving Voice to the

Children of the Holocaust

At the Unknown Child Foundation, we seek to educate audiences about the 1.5 million children (of the 1.6 million in the area at the time) who perished during the Holocaust and empower current and future generations to value and hold all children safe, regardless of their ethnic, social, economic or religious background. Click here to learn about the “Pennies Project,” the middle school class project that served as the impetus for our organization.

The work of the Unknown Child Foundation is funded by donations from individuals and companies sharing our commitment to keeping the memory of these children alive. All proceeds go to Unknown Child Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization and are tax-deductible. Please make us a part of your charitable giving plans.

The Memorial

The idea? Create a world-class destination that will keep alive the memory of the child victims of the Holocaust. Inspired by a very special classroom project, plans are for the memorial, designed by architect Doug Thornton featuring a sculpture by Canadian artist Rick Wienecke, to be housed at the Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake, MS.

The Pennies Project

It all began in the fall of 2009 during a discussion by teachers from Horn Lake Middle School, whose passion for increasing awareness about the Holocaust sparked the idea for their students to collect one penny to represent each of 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust.

Place a Penny

We’ve created a unique resource that allows you to learn more about the children who perished during the Holocaust. You can search through a detailed list of thousands of children and – for an $18 donation – place that child’s penny on the Unknown Child Holocaust Memorial walls.

The Sculpture

An abandoned child leans against the inside of a crematorium door, a replica of the oven doors at Auschwitz.  In his mind, he reaches an arm through the closed door, desperately grasping for a place where he will be safe.  Created by Canadian-born artist, Rick Wienecke, the sculpture will be surrounded by the 1.5 million pennies collected by students.

Never forget

“By preserving the memory of the Holocaust and its moral lessons, we tell the world that such atrocities should never happen again to Jews or to any other people in the world. I don’t want my past to become anyone else’s future.” – Holocaust survivor Friderica Beck Saharovici

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Recent Events

Holocaust Survivor Warren Kramer Shares Story at “Generation SC Remembers Kristallnacht”

Survivor Warren Kramer was the featured speaker at a dinner/silent auction hosted by Generation SC students on November 9th at Aintree Farms Clubhouse in Germantown.

At 95 years young with a mind as sharp as most half his age, Kramer related his story in vivid detail of being part of the “Kindertransport” — when the British sought to save Jewish children ages 3 to 17 whose parents had been killed. Kramer was 14 at the time and was one of the nearly 10,000 children brought to England on one of several Kindertransports.

The event commemorated the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht – German for “Night of Broken Glass”. On November 9-10, 1938, almost 200 synagogues were destroyed, over 8,000 Jewish shops were ransacked and looted and tens of thousands of Jews were removed to concentration camps.

This benefit honored Unknown Child Foundation, Inc.

P.S.  It is with saddened hearts we add this latest update:  Four days after Mr. Warren Kramer spoke so warmly at the Gen SC Homeschool Kristallnacht dinner, he passed away.  We grieve the loss of a friend and one who gave himself freely to so many — to the end.

Unknown Child Exhibit at Desoto County Museum in Hernando

On Sunday, October 6, the Memphis JCC seniors, under the direction of MJCC Adult Services Coordinator Steve Kaplan, enjoyed an outing to view the Unknown Child Holocaust Exhibit at Desoto County Museum in Hernando, MS. Before touring the exhibit, Museum Director Rob Long gave a warm welcome and shared about the exhibits in the Museum, and in particular, the new “Goodman Room,” which tells about Jewish influence in North Mississippi. Survivor Warren Kramer then shared his story of survival during the Holocaust. Visitors toured the Unknown Child Exhibit with members of the Foundation Board there to answer questions.