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  • "Out of curiosity, why is the Holocaust singled out as an example of genocide to commemorate when there is sadly, a variety of other genocides to pick from?

    Stalin's purges, Mao's Great Leap Forward, the Ottoman genocide of the Armenians and the mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis by ethnic Hutus in Rwanda to name but a few.

    Numerically, the Holocaust was not the biggest recent genocide nor was it alone in being orchestrated on an industrial scale.

    Ultimately, I'm asking why, if we need a memorial, do we not have a 'catch all' piece?

    What are your thoughts?"
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International Holocaust day marked in Grays

More than a hundred people gathered at the High View Memorial Gardens on Monday morning to mark International Holocaust Day.

More than a hundred people gathered at the High View Memorial Gardens on Monday morning to mark International Holocaust Day.

First published in News

A PERMANENT reminder of the horrors of the holocaust was unveiled at an emotional ceremony in Grays this week.

More than a hundred people gathered at the High View Memorial Gardens on Monday morning to mark International Holocaust Day.

Until this year, the day was marked with the traditional laying of stones which were then removed after the ceremony.

Following a trip Auschwitz, youngsters from the borough managed to raise £600 towards creating the permanent memorial which was provided by East Tilbury company Madstone Ltd.

Town Mayor, Councillor Tony Fish, spoke at the event. He said: “It is incumbent upon each and every one of us who is just one step removed from the Holocaust to make sure younger people today know – and more importantly understand – what happened.”

Speaking after the event, Moe Darr, from Madstone Ltd, said: “The use of pebbles is very significant to the Jewish community and between us we decided to have the hand-selected pebbles engraved, each year a new pebble will be engraved and set into the memorial.”

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