PM: Me­mo­rial will be in West­min­ster

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign Bri­tain’s na­tional Holo­caust me­mo­rial has been launched by David Cameron.

On HMD, the Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced that the mon­u­ment would be built in Vic­to­ria Tower Gar­dens in West­min­ster by the end of 2017.

It would be a “strik­ing na­tional me­mo­rial” on the north bank of the Thames, Mr Cameron told the Com­mons.

“It will stand be­side Par­lia­ment as a per­ma­nent state­ment of our val­ues as a na­tion and will be some­thing for

Lo­ca­tion: Vic­to­ria Tower Gar­dens our chil­dren to visit for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Both the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust and Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day Trust wel­comed the choice of a lo­ca­tion at the “heart” of Bri­tish democ­racy.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the per­ma­nent me­mo­rial would be “warmly re­ceived by the Jewish com­mu­nity” and would send “the strong­est pos­si­ble mes­sage, on be­half of the whole coun­try, that the lessons of the Holo­caust will for­ever form a part of our na­tional con­scious­ness”.

A Shoah land­mark had been a rec­om­men­da­tion of Mr Cameron’s Holo­caust Com­mis­sion last year.

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