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Memphis City Council Names Street In Honor Of Holo

July 5th, 2011
On July 5, 2011 the Memphis City Council recognized Stefan and Hesia (Henrietta) Diament as exemplary citizens of the city of Memphis by adopting a resolution to dedicate North Third Street between A.W. Willis Avenue and Saffarans Street as "Stefan and Hesia Diament Street." The story of Stefan and Hesia Diament is an example of an enduring and abiding devotion amid the tumultuous backdrop of World War II and the Nazi invasion of Poland. The pair survived the Warsaw Ghetto and then were separated. Stefan was sent away to Austria to work in an airplane factory and Hesia began serving as a courier for the resistance before her capture and placement in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Stefan was the only member of his family to survive the horrific events perpetrated by the Nazis. After liberation, the pair were reunited and eventually moved to Memphis, Tennessee where they raised two sons, Dr. Michael Diament and Harry Diament. Stefan founded the New Americans Group which held the first Holocaust Remembrance service in Memphis and raised the funds for a Holocaust memorial at the Memphis Jewish Community Center. Hesia shared her eyewitness accounts in many schools and community organizations. For more information about Stefan and Hesia (Henrietta) Diament and other Tennessee Holocaust Survivors, please visit: