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Date: June 22, 1997

Release #367-97

Contact: Colleen Roche (212) 788-2958


Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today joined Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden and Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, and other officials at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the Holocaust Memorial Mall Park in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. The Mall, located at Shore Boulevard and Emmons Avenue, is the first public memorial in New York City dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.

"The essence of this solemn Memorial Mall is to recall the death and pain of the Holocaust, which must never be forgotten. But it also carves out a space for life," said Mayor Giuliani. "We must never forget what happened in our lifetime and in our world: the systematic slaughter of six million Jewish people. The granite markers stand here as reminders of the lives scarred and lives lost. This is a place to mourn, to think, and to learn. This is a space for you and for our entire City."

"Thirteen years in the making, the Holocaust Memorial Mall comes to fruition as the result of the dedicated efforts of many individuals and organizations," said Borough President Golden. "We remember the Holocaust by educating our young people - our leaders of tomorrow. We will bring them here to explain the events that led to the Holocaust, to tell them what happened, and to describe the aftermath."

"The enormous crime known as the Holocaust has been recalled through memorials and museums around the world," said New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern. "This sculpture at a waterfront park in Brooklyn is a compelling reminder of that great tragedy."

The Holocaust Memorial Mall Park features 40 historical markers describing the Holocaust, 24 symbolic markers, and 104 markers bearing names of some of those who died in the Holocaust. The Memorial also consists of a metal bowl and flame monument. The memorial was funded through an allocation of $933,000 by Borough President Golden.

The ceremony featured a candle lighting ceremony and moments of silence and prayer for the victims of the Holocaust.

Also present at the ceremony were Holocaust Memorial Committee Co-chairs Betty Baranoff and Pauline Bilus, as well as Rabbi Peter Rof, and Bishop Joseph Sullivan.

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