Butcher’s shop makes the cut as mon­u­ment

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

THE FRONTAGE of a for­mer kosher butcher’s shop that sup­plied the Ti­tanic is set to be pre­served as a mon­u­ment in Liver­pool’s city cen­tre.

A £1.5 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment pro­posal by the Liver­pool School of Trop­i­cal Medicine, which bought the Galkoff’s site, in­cludes plans to painstak­ingly re­move the shop-front’s iconic green tiles and iron­work and re­con­struct them as a free-stand­ing sculp­ture.

Trad­ing from 1907-79, Galkoff’s was Liver­pool’s last kosher butcher. It had con­tracts to sup­ply kosher foods to ma­jor ship­ping com­pa­nies trans­port­ing Jewish refugees to new lives.

A num­ber of plans for the site have been re­jected by English Herit- age, which con­sid­ers the build­ing of na­tional im­por­tance. But al­though it is rare to re­ceive con­sent to pull down a listed build­ing, Lau­rence Galkoff, grand­son of the shop’s last owner, Syd­ney Galkoff, be­lieves “the im­por­tant thing is pre­serv­ing the tiles and the his­tory, which will be shown off and made avail­able to the public”.

The med­i­cal school has li­aised with Mr Galkoff, who said the fam­ily sup­ported the lat­est scheme. “The idea of having the shop as a free-stand­ing sculp­ture re­ally makes a state­ment. It will have space around it for peo­ple to walk and think.

“Peo­ple will be able to walk through its door and sit on its win­dow ledge. It will say some­thing about Liver­pool’s Jewish her­itage.”

Holo­caust sur­vivors, refugees and fam­ily mem­bers joined a Lon­don Jewish Cul­tural Cen­tre out­ing to Buck­ing­ham Palace, where they took a tour of the state­rooms and en­joyed lunch on the ter­race

Frontage of the for­mer kosher butcher’s shop in Liver­pool City Cen­tre

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