About Women of the Shoah

Holocaust Education

The Gizella Abramson Holocaust Education Act was passed in 2021 as part of the North Carolina State Budget. The act calls the education of the Holocaust essential, defines antisemitism, states as fact the murder of six million Jews, homosexuals, socialists, and others, and condemns Holocaust denial.  

Moreover, it sets a guideline to develop a public classroom curriculum that teaches about the Holocaust. This Monument will be used by teachers throughout the state of North Carolina as a vital tool to develop that curriculum and will lead to a deeper personal understanding of the Holocaust and its effects on the millions of women and children of the Shoah. The Monument also will play a vital role in fulfilling the mandates of the Never Again Education Act—passed by Congress to require Holocaust education throughout the country. 

The Monument’s self-guided on-site educational tour will be powered by QR code technology and will inform visitors about the Holocaust, the specific incident captured by the photo of the mass murder that inspired the monument, and the story of women and children of the Shoah and their unique experiences. It will feature stories by and about people with connections to Greensboro that endured the Holocaust and have told their stories for all to hear. 

The Monument will serve as a vehicle for educational enlightenment in Greensboro and for the region for generations to come.

What We Do

Organize and catalyze community, business leaders, and Holocaust survivors and their families to build public Monuments honoring the spirit of humanity in the women and children of the Holocaust

Create public art that provides for social engagement and encourages reflection, understanding and compassion in our diverse communities

Educate, inform, and transform the viewers perspective on the Holocaust, antisemitism, racism and all genocide of women and children

Recognize the timely need to memorialize and teach the history of the Holocaust for the next generation as eyewitness survivors age, and allow our communities to become witnesses themselves to the horrors of the Shoah

Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of world-renowned supporters of Holocaust education and scholarship.

Sue Simmons

Founder/Board President, Development Professional, Community Volunteer

Sue Simmons

Sue Simmons has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, as a professional and volunteer. Sue was the Director of the Advancement Group at the Center for Creative Leadership and is currently a Managing Director of S&G Consulting, working in the nonprofit sector. In March of 2015, Sue presented on nonprofit leadership at the International Jewish Funders Network conference in Tel Aviv. In her volunteer capacity, she served as board chairs of Family Service of the Piedmont Greensboro Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Greensboro, and B’nai Shalom Day School. Sue is immediate Past President of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, a past campaign chair, and currently serves as the Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee at the Federation. Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from the University of Cincinnati and lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband Gary. Sue enjoys travel, reading, engaging in philanthropy and community service using her voice and time to work toward a more equal and just society.

Sue Simmons

Founder/Board President, Development Professional, Community Volunteer

Sue Simmons

Sue Simmons has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, as a professional and volunteer. Sue was the Director of the Advancement Group at the Center for Creative Leadership and is currently a Managing Director of S&G Consulting, working in the nonprofit sector. In March of 2015, Sue presented on nonprofit leadership at the International Jewish Funders Network conference in Tel Aviv. In her volunteer capacity, she served as board chairs of Family Service of the Piedmont Greensboro Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Greensboro, and B’nai Shalom Day School. Sue is immediate Past President of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, a past campaign chair, and currently serves as the Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee at the Federation. Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from the University of Cincinnati and lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband Gary. Sue enjoys travel, reading, engaging in philanthropy and community service using her voice and time to work toward a more equal and just society.

Elizabeth Alberti

Elizabeth Alberti

Co-Founder

Elizabeth Alberti, MA is a seasoned philanthropy professional with broad experience in government affairs, communications, advocacy and Jewish education. With a dynamic career in institutional advancement spanning over 20 years, she has led institutional advancement and external affairs management for the country’s most prestigious Jewish communal and higher education institutions such as, New York Federation (UJA), The Simon Wiesenthal Center, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Elizabeth has recently moved from her role as the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement at Touro College to work full time at her firm TRIConsultants a full-service advancement, external affairs, and community engagement firm. Liz is fluent in Dutch and Hebrew and loves to spend her free time visiting her four children who live in Manhattan, Vermont, and Colorado.

Elizabeth Alberti

Co-Founder

Elizabeth Alberti

Elizabeth Alberti, MA is a seasoned philanthropy professional with broad experience in government affairs, communications, advocacy and Jewish education. With a dynamic career in institutional advancement spanning over 20 years, she has led institutional advancement and external affairs management for the country’s most prestigious Jewish communal and higher education institutions such as, New York Federation (UJA), The Simon Wiesenthal Center, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Elizabeth has recently moved from her role as the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement at Touro College to work full time at her firm TRIConsultants a full-service advancement, external affairs, and community engagement firm. Liz is fluent in Dutch and Hebrew and loves to spend her free time visiting her four children who live in Manhattan, Vermont, and Colorado.

Shelly Weiner

Holocaust Survivor, Chair Holocaust Education

Shelly Weiner

Watch the story of Shelly’s story and her escape from Nazi Germany in this Centropa video.

Shelly Weiner

Holocaust Survivor, Chair Holocaust Education

Shelly Weiner

Watch the story of Shelly’s story and her escape from Nazi Germany in this Centropa video.

Marlyn Forman Chandler

Marilyn Forman Chandler

Chair of Community Outreach

Marilyn is the Executive Director of the Greensboro Jewish Federation and has directed the highly respected and engaged organization since 1988. She credits the success of the “small and mighty” Federation to the outstanding partnership between volunteer and professional leadership. She led the community through annual and special campaigns resulting in over $50 million in total donations to the local Jewish community annual campaign, Jews in Israel and in global Jewish communities. She holds an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University and was a Mandel/Council of Jewish Federations Executive Development Program Fellow. Marilyn is married to Robert. Together, they are proud parents of three daughters, Dori, Hallie and Shira; two sons-in-law, Scott Fox and Daniel Sternberg, and one grandchild, Adi Tsamah.

Irene Cohen

Director

Sue Simmons

Irene has been working for the good of the Greensboro community since 1962 when she moved to Greensboro.  Over the next 50 years she and her husband Irv have been involved in every major organization of the Jewish community, from becoming founding members of B’nai Shalom Day School, to working with Shelly Weiner and others to resettle Russian Jews from the former Soviet Union, to holding countless positions of leadership for the Greensboro Jewish Federation.  Irene and Irv are the proud parents of sons Larry and Scott and daughter-in-laws Deirdre and Liz, and incredibly proud grandparents of Jake and Dylan.  

Monument Artist

Victoria Milstein

Founder & Monument Artist, Painter, Teacher, Social Practice Artist

Victoria Milstein

Originally from New York, Victoria Carlin Milstein has lived and traveled around the world and now resides in Greensboro, NC. Victoria studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and The Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Victoria’s portraits hang in private and public collections globally. She is currently in the process of creating North Carolina’s first women’s Holocaust Monument, “She Wouldn’t Take off Her Boots,” as founder of Women of the Shoah.

She serves on numerous community boards and organizations including Downtown Greensboro Inc, Weatherspoon Museum, North Carolina Folk Festival, Visitors Boards of UNCG and Greensboro Community College, and North Carolina’s Holocaust Council. She is a recent recipient of the Anne Hummel YWCA Mission Award for her work in establishing Victoria’s House, an art center for children experiencing homelessness.

Victoria was a 2018 TedX Greensboro Speaker and operates VCM Art Studio, a place of mentorship and fellowship, with model drawings, workshops and community events for all demographics. Visit: TEDXGreensboro

Victoria Carlin Milstein

Founder & Monument Artist, Painter, Teacher, Social Practice Artist

Victoria Milstein

Originally from New York, Victoria Carlin Milstein has lived and traveled around the world and now resides in Greensboro, NC. Victoria studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and The Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Victoria’s portraits hang in private and public collections globally. She is currently in the process of creating North Carolina’s first women’s Holocaust Monument, “She Wouldn’t Take off Her Boots,” as founder of Women of the Shoah.

She serves on numerous community boards and organizations including Downtown Greensboro Inc, Weatherspoon Museum, North Carolina Folk Festival, Visitors Boards of UNCG and Greensboro Community College, and North Carolina’s Holocaust Council. She is a recent recipient of the Anne Hummel YWCA Mission Award for her work in establishing Victoria’s House, an art center for children experiencing homelessness.

Victoria was a 2018 TedX Greensboro Speaker and operates VCM Art Studio, a place of mentorship and fellowship, with model drawings, workshops and community events for all demographics. Visit: TEDXGreensboro

Advisory Board

Julie Emmons
Jenny Kaiser
Anne Parsons
Rob Overman
Ron Milstein
Gail LeBauer
Judi Magier
Rodney Dawson
Debra Cohen
Amanda Loflin
Sylvia Samet
Irene Cohen

Join a Committee

Letters of Support

We have tremendous community support from state, federal and community leadership.

NC Council on the Holocaust

Michael Abramson

I believe the Holocaust Monument, “She Wouldn’t Take Off Her Boots” is critical to further racial and ethnic understanding in North Carolina. I feel the monument will prompt North Carolinians to study the impact of bigotry and intolerance on society similar to the Woolworth’s lunch counter at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

The Holocaust occurred because good people did not take action against hate. This monument will prompt individuals to consider how their behavior affects others and will motivate individuals to work together with the goal to eliminate the negative misconceptions we have of each other…

The monument will serve as a focal point where individuals and classes can initiate frank and honest dialogue about pluralism, tolerance and acceptance. A key lesson of the Holocaust is that hate will thrive when ignorance and indifference exist in a community.

 

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

John L. Swaine, CEO

…Greensboro has a widely respected reputation as a place with a long history of social justice activities on behalf of recognizing the dignity of every human being. It is the most fitting place that I can imagine for expanding the civil and human rights dialog that might be focused on such a powerful monument. The opportunity for a prominent placement of the sensitively conceived sculpture adds to the potentially enlightening character of internationally recognized conversations, enriched with reminders of Greensboro’s lesson to the rest of the world and its status as a “Civil Rights City.”

Thanks to Our Supporters

Greensboro Downtown Parks
Brooks Pierce

Address

WSJP
517 S Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27406

Phone

631-897-7236