NEW YORK (Apr. 20)
Plans for a memorial in New York City for the 6,000,000 Jewish victims of the Nazi holocaust were reviewed today by City Park Commissioner August Heckscher at a meeting with David Kreeger, chairman of the Memorial Art Committee and Louis I. Kahn, the architect.
Last fall, Mr. Heckscher’s predecessor as Park Commissioner, Thomas Hoving, designated a site alongside the Promenade at Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan, near the Emma Lazarus tablet and facing the Statue of Liberty. He chose the site after a meeting with members of the memorial art committee. Previously the city had rejected a proposed memorial at a Riverside Park site.
The art committee, made up of 17 architects, art historians and museum curators will commission a design for the memorial in consultation with Jewish historians and cultural leaders. Meanwhile, an educational and fund-raising campaign is being started to provide support for the proposal in its finally-approved form. Mr. Kreeger is a vice-president of the American Jewish Committee, which is represented on the memorial committee with other Jewish organizations.