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Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County Presents Unveiling of Silver Artist Galmer's "Tears of the Holocaust" Sculpture

Permanent Sculpture Installation on May 21 by Silver Artist Michael Izrael Galmer.

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"Tears of the Holocaust" by silver artist Michael Izrael Galmer.

Photo by: Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County

Glen Cove, NY - April 4, 2017 - The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) presents the unveiling of an extraordinary permanent sculpture installation crafted from sterling silver and bronze, “Tears of the Holocaust,” by acclaimed silver artist Michael Izrael Galmer, at a reception on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 2 p.m., at HMTC, Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY.
“Tears of the Holocaust” presents a new philosophic view of the Holocaust as the ultimate testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. The sculpture affirms that evil exists but unlike other artistic expressions of the Holocaust which feature scenes of horror, the artist seeks to convey a strong, reverential story. Mr. Galmer said, “My message is that ultimately evil cannot defeat the indomitable human spirit. The sculpture is meant to defy evil with a beautiful, strong message.”
HMTC’s Chairman Steven Markowitz said, “We are honored to be the permanent home of this beautiful and poignant sculpture created by one of the most accomplished and world-renowned contemporary silver artists. Mr. Galmer’s work speaks to our history, our present and our future. His vision as an artist reveals the lessons we must learn from history, the lessons we use every day to educate children, adults, police officers, nurses, teachers and the community at HMTC.”
Michael Izrael Galmer was born in the former Soviet Union in 1947 and received his Ph.D. in engineering from Moscow University. In 1981, he, his wife Galina and young daughter Zina immigrated to the United States and later welcomed son Andrew to the family. Upon arrival in the U.S., Mr. Galmer founded Galmer Ltd. in a small workshop in Long Island City. His extraordinary talent was swiftly discovered by elite connoisseurs, Tiffany & Co., and ultimately arts and Jewish museums, as well as historical societies. Galmer pieces are in the permanent collections of The John Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library, Cooper Hewitt of the Smithsonian Museum of Design and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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For more than 20 years, HMTC has been fulfilling its mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach. For more information, call (516) 571-8040, visit or find us on social media at and