Rio mayor lays cornerstone for Holocaust memorial
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Rio mayor lays cornerstone for Holocaust memorial

Marcelo Crivella says new site will help promote greater remembrance among city residents

Marcelo Crivella (Wikimedia Commons)
Marcelo Crivella (Wikimedia Commons)

RIO DE JANEIRO — The mayor of Rio laid the cornerstone of a long-awaited Holocaust memorial in Brazil’s second largest city.

“The greatest homage we can render to the six million victims of the Nazis is to shout to the world: Holocaust, never again!,” said Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella during Friday’s ceremony, quoting Rio’s state assembly member Gerson Bergher, creator of the project, who died last May.

The memorial will feature a 72-foot-tall tower divided into 10 parts alluding to the biblical commandments, including the phrase “Thou shalt not kill” at its base. The memorial, which is being built with private funding, is located at the Yitzhak Rabin park, inaugurated by the widow of the murdered prime minister, Leah Rabin, in 1996.

“Even 70 years after humanity experienced this terrible tragedy, we still see all sorts of persecution, discrimination and injustice in our world. With the Holocaust memorial, Rio de Janeiro joins other major cities on the planet, in revering the victims of this genocide,” added the mayor, who is a fervent evangelical and openly pro-Israel.

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