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Holocaust and Learning Centre Public Enquiry

 

Remembrance of the Holocaust is essential if new generations are to be aware of the atrocities committed against the Jews and other minorities during the Second World War. Since 2001, the UK has marked Holocaust Memorial Day annually. In January 2015, plans for a memorial and learning centre in London were announced. In July 2016, Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster was earmarked as a site for the project.

In the autumn of 2020, a planning inquiry for the proposed memorial provoked widespread public debate regarding the viability of the project and it has been contentious ever since. There are disagreements over its location, how it should look, the cost and indeed whether such a building is needed at all.

On Wednesday 11th November, Immanuel Year 12 student Dov Forman appeared alongside his great-grandmother, Holocaust Survivor Lily Ebert, in front of the Parliamentary committee. Dov’s inspiring speech in support of the memorial (see link) added a valuable contribution to the Holocaust memory.

The committee will make a final decision on the proposal following the public inquiry.