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In Loving Memory of Holocaust Survivor Leonid Saharovici July 7, 1927 – November 2, 2018

Mr. Saharovici was a sincere friend to the Unknown Child Foundation. He followed closely its activities, speaking at UCF events and to school groups. He was an encourager and often gave “motivational” words prodding us to remember the children and finish the course. During World War II, at age 14,... Read more »

Desoto Educator Susan Powell Named Teacher of the Year

Susan Powell Spotlight teacher at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, became DeSoto County Schools’ 2019 Teacher of the Year. Powell earned regional, national, and international support by helping start the non-profit Unknown Child Foundation, which evolved from her classroom “Pennies Project.” In 2009, Powell taught 7th grade Spotlight at Horn Lake... Read more »

Marking the Shoah – in Mississippi

On that day, the brilliance of the murdered children of the Holocaust and the spark of the present generation were united as the Unknown Child Holocaust Memorial/Park was launched. On a breezy, rather chilly March morning at an unlikely location in rural Mississippi, two groups of children separated by more... Read more »

Children’s Holocaust memorial taking shape at former Elvis ranch 4-18-16

March 23, 2016 — Holocaust survivor Friderica Beck Saharovici takes part in a launch event for the "The Unknown Child" project in Horn Lake Wednesday morning. The Unknown Child Foundation announced plans for a completed sculpture placed in a park setting on the grounds of the Circle G. Ranch. (Stan... Read more »

Ambitious development plans outlined for Elvis’ Horn Lake ranch

The first pieces of a massive redevelopment around Elvis's old Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake are coming together, the project's managing partner said Thursday. Davage "Buddy" Runnels Jr. outlined an initial phase that includes, among other features, a welcome center, restoration of both the honeymoon cottage used by Elvis... Read more »

Crossing the Line: Southaven Chamber relocates and some Elvis trivia

A maybe-not-so-unlikely alliance Last week's launch of the Unknown Child Foundation at Elvis' old Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake brought together two seemingly disparate missions. But maybe not. Organizers spoke of the way a higher power seemingly brought those seeking a memorial to children killed in the Holocaust together... Read more »

Unknown Child memorial moves forward 3-23-16

What started as a collection of pennies to symbolize the number of children who died as a result of the Jewish Holocaust is about to become a real reminder of the extermination of innocent youngsters whose only “crime” to the German Nazi regime what their heritage and religion. An organization... Read more »