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New York Mayor Pledges Sites for Jewish Monuments for Nazi Victims

New York’s Mayor Wagner this weekend assured a delegation representing 34 Jewish organizations that the city will provide an “appropriate site” for the erection of two memorials to the martyrs of the Nazi holocaust and the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto rebellion.

He made that pledge to the group, headed by Dr. Joachim Prinz, president of the American Jewish Congress. Previously, the Municipal Art Commission had ruled that neither of the monuments could be erected in Riverside Park, calling one of the designs too tragic and “distressing” to be viewed by the children playing in the park.

Mr. Wagner did not say where the new sites would be, but assured the committee that the location will be one “readily accessible to millions of residents and visitors.” Both monuments will be designed by the famous Jewish sculptor, Nathan Rappaport, whose monuments commemorating the 6,000,000 victims of the holocaust have been built in Warsaw and in a number of other cities. Dr. Prinz thanked the Mayor for “his intercession in this matter and for his determination to see to it that a fitting monument in honor of the Jewish victims of Nazism” would be erected in New York.

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