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Royal Parks opposes location of Adjaye and Arad’s Holocaust Memorial


This is another project like the Garden Bridge that seemed a good idea but then when considered thoughtfully, would be too controversial and counterproductive. This does not mean that the Holocaust should not be memorialised as it has been in many countries, and especially in Berlin, Austria and at the Yad Vashem in Israel, but that this site is not appropriate for the memorial on a treasured and relaxing space on a UNESCO protected site next to Parliament that is in fact too small to hold such a serious monument that will become more of an 'attraction' fraught with security and maintenance difficulties. There is already a Holocaust memorial and garden in Hyde Park, and the Imperial War Museum has grandiose plans in place to extend its already impressive Holocaust Exhibition galleries that fits all the aspects of a learning centre, which could work with the Holocaust Memorial Foundation. The UK was not responsible for the Holocaust , though its role during WWII in not bombing the train network to Auschwitz is scandalous. This could all be brought out on the IWM gallery, in the context of WWII and within a campus that could also include an impressive memorial. Sadly none of the schemes in the competition were of the stature that befitted such a memorial, and the Adjaye/Arad scheme least so, looking like a giant toast rack, with massive fins and mounds around it, now including a sentry box entrance, which will block protected views of Parliament and the river and detract from the need to approach such a memorial building with dignity and calm -which this proposal does not produce. The fact that many Jewish peers, whose families perished in the Holocaust and many Jews, religious and secular oppose this scheme gives us pause for thought. The best memorial to the Holocaust is 'Never Again' for any people who are discriminated against, oppressed and dehumanised, and the money allocated for this would be better spent in education on this theme. Let's hope that Westminster Council sees sense and turns this down.

Posted date

16 February, 2019

Posted time

8:07 pm


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