Valencia unveils monolith honoring the victims of the Holocaust

A monolith located in the central aisle of Section 19 of the General Cemetery of Valencia remembers and pays homage to the Valencians who were victims of the Nazi Holocaust in different concentration camps to which they were taken because of their ideas or religious beliefs.

In this way, as the inscription next to this image states, Valencia City Council intends to remember “all the people” from this city “who suffered in the Nazi concentration and extermination camps”.

The city council thus recognises the 53 Valencians, men and women who were born in the Valencian capital or who lived there, who after being deported to Nazi concentration camps such as Gusen, Krems, Hartheim, Mauthausen, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau or Peschanka were murdered or disappeared.

The Mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, together with the Councillor for Cemeteries, Alejandro Ramón, presided over and took part in the ceremony in which the monolith was unveiled and tribute was paid to these Valencians with various speeches evoking their memory and suffering.

The Jewish Community of Valencia also took part in the ceremony.

The two-metre-high image is made of adobe bricks composed of rice straw and earth, with the intention that it will erode and will have to be rebuilt over time. In this way, the victims of the Holocaust will once again be honoured.


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