Hyde Park Holocaust memorial
|Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial
The Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial
|Location||Hyde Park, London, England|
|Designer||Mark Badger, Richard Seifert and Derek Lovejoy and Partners|
|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. It lies to the east of the Serpentine Lake, 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.
Construction and unveiling
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. It was designed by Mark Badger, Richard Seifert and Derek Lovejoy and Partners. 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." 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." 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."
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" which is a quotation from the Book of Lamentations.
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