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A HOLO­CAUST me­mo­rial gar­den at theUnit­edSy­n­a­gogue’sWalthamAbbey ceme­tery in Es­sex was opened by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on Mon­day.

The gar­den was do­nated and ded­i­cated by Kathrin and Joe Szlezinger. Mr Szlezinger’s fa­ther and other fam­ily mem­bers were Holo­caust vic­tims and he felt the gar­den was im­por­tant for those like him who “have no grave to visit to grieve at. When my gen­er­a­tion is no longer here and our sto­ries are lost for­ever, I hope our de­scen­dants will visit this gar­den, pause at cer­tain plaques and spend a cou­ple of min­utes in quiet con­tem­pla­tion.”

Rabbi Mirvis said it was fit­ting “that this me­mo­rial gar­den, burst­ing with life and growth, has been ded­i­cated to rep­re­sent the re­newed vi­tal­ity of the Jewish peo­ple fol­low­ing the hor­rors of the Holo­caust. It is a per­fect model which I would love to see repli­cated by Jewish com­mu­ni­ties around the world.”

The gar­den in­cludes plaques in mem­ory of in­di­vid­ual vic­tims, as well as for whole com­mu­ni­ties that were wiped out.

Space has been set aside for fur­ther tributes.

PHOTO: YAKIR ZUR

The Chief Rabbi speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony

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