Competition to design “striking” new Holocaust memorial at the Houses of Parliament announced

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An international competition to design a “striking” national Holocaust memorial to stand next to the Houses of Parliament was launched by David Cameron on the 27th of January. It will be built in Westminster’s Victoria Tower Gardens by the Thames and is due to be completed by next year.

Mr Cameron told MPs: “The whole House will want to join me in marking Holocaust Memorial Day”.

“It is right our whole country should stand together to remember the darkest hour of humanity.”

He said the memorial would “stand beside Parliament as a permanent statement of our values as a nation”.

A new learning centre to promote the battle against prejudice will also be built in London.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the pledge would be “warmly received” and showed that “the Holocaust will forever form a part of our national consciousness.”

On the previous day Boris Johnson joined members of the London Assembly, MPs, Rabbi Raphy Garson, Holocaust survivors, and other Londoners at City Hall’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

 The Mayor gave a reading from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and Rabbi Raphy Garson also addressed the audience with a memorial prayer.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Today we remember the millions of people who lost their lives in both the Holocaust and other appalling acts of genocide. Recent events here in London and in our sister city Paris, as well as other parts of the world, remind us of the importance of cherishing and defending freedom and tolerance. It is vital that we keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and learn from the atrocities of the past.”

 

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