Berlin Jewish Leader Backs Proposed Holocaust Memorial

The leader of Berlin’s Jewish community has added his voice to those favoring construction of Holocaust memorial here.

The controversial “Memorial Monument for the Murdered Jews of Europe,” the subject of much debate the last few months, has met roadblocks for myriad reasons, including its proposed size – 330 feet long by 330 feet wide.

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is among those opposed to the monument because of its size.

Recently, the debate about the monument has intensified.

In an opinion piece published this week in the Berlin daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin Jewish leader Jerzy Kanal called on Kohl and Berlin Mayor Eberhardt Diepgen to gather support for the project.

Kanal, a concentration camp survivor, argued that a memorial specifically dedicated to the Jews was a worthy project because no other group was so singled out for destruction by Hitler and the Nazis.

He said criticism of the expense of the project was unwarranted.

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