A new Holocaust memorial is to be built by Parliament in Victoria Tower Gardens, David Cameron has revealed.

The national memorial and a state of the art learning centre were the flagship recommendations of Cameron’s Holocaust Commission, which delivered its findings a year ago on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.The announcement was made during prime minister’s questions as the country marks Holocaust Memorial Day with hundreds of events at schools, community centres and councils nationwide.

Describing the Shoah as the “darkest hour of humanity”, he said the new structures would stand as a “permanent statement of our values as a nation and will be something for our children to visit for generations to come”.

He added: “I’m grateful to all those who’ve made this possible and have given this work the cross-party status it so deserves.” An international design competition will shortly be launched to and the memorial will be in place by the end of next year.

Welcoming the news, Jeremy Corbyn said: “We have to remember the deepest, darkest days of inhumanity that happened then and the genocides that have sadly happened since and educate another generation to avoid those for all time.”

The Chief Rabbi insisted its placement at the “very heart of British democracy” sent the most powerful message, while the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Karen Pollock said: “When the HET was founded 28 years ago, we may have hoped but would never have believed that Holocaust education and commemoration would have become so firmly embedded in this country – this memorial, which will be right in the heart of our democracy, sends a clear message about the determination of Britain to ensure the legacy of the Holocaust for generations to come.
Source: Jewish News