Hyde Park Holocaust memorial

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Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial
Holocaust Memorial
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The Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial
Coordinates 51°30′15.53″N 0°9′32.03″W / 51.5043139°N 0.1588972°W / 51.5043139; -0.1588972Coordinates: 51°30′15.53″N 0°9′32.03″W / 51.5043139°N 0.1588972°W / 51.5043139; -0.1588972
Location Hyde Park, London, England
Designer Mark Badger, Richard Seifert and Derek Lovejoy and Partners
Type Memorial
Material Granite boulder
Beginning date 1983
Completion date 1983
Opening date 1983
Dedicated to Victims of the Holocaust

The Holocaust Memorial in Hyde Park, London, was the first public memorial in Great Britain dedicated to victims of the Holocaust.[1][2] It lies to the east of the Serpentine Lake,[1] in The Dell, an open air area within the park. Since its unveiling in 1983 remembrance services have taken place at the memorial every year.[3]

Construction and unveiling[edit]

The memorial was built in 1983, funded by the Board of Deputies of British Jews under the impetus of then president Greville Janner, a Labour Party MP.[2][3][4] It was designed by Mark Badger, Richard Seifert and Derek Lovejoy and Partners.[1] It was unveiling on 28 June 1983, during a service led by then-Environment Secretary Patrick Jenkin, Baron Jenkin of Roding. Attended by a crowd of 500 spectators including Sir Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Jenkin described the memorial as "a reminder of the past and a warning for the future."[4] The attending guests then sang hymns and "Adon Olam", a Sabbath hymn.

Janner himself described the memorial later in the day "as not only a reminder of past tragedy but a flare of warning for the future, that any threat to Jewish rights is an immediate and an inevitable threat also to the rights of every other minority."[4] The then-shadow Environment Secretary Sir Gerald Kaufman also stated that "the memorial was essential because the German responsibility was partly shared by other countries."[4]

Design[edit]

The inscription on the face of the memorial, quoting the Book of Lamentations in Hebrew and English.

The memorial consists of two boulders lying within a gravel bed, surrounded by a copse of silver birch trees. It is inscribed in both English and Hebrew with the words "For these I weep. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because of the destruction of my people"[1] which is a quotation from the Book of Lamentations.[4]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Monuments in Hyde Park". The Royal Parks. 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cooke (2000), p. 449-465.
  3. ^ a b "National Memorial – Yomhashoah". Yomhashoah UK. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Garden in London's Hyde Park is Britain's Holocaust Memorial". JTA. 28 June 1983. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 

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External links[edit]

Media related to Holocaust Memorial, London at Wikimedia Commons