Renaming of Shoah garden for Sir Nicholas Winton backed by Barnet Council
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Renaming of Shoah garden for Sir Nicholas Winton backed by Barnet Council

Following a proposal by a local Tory politician, the tribute was backed at the annual meeting of the council

Justin Cohen is the News Editor at the Jewish News

Sir Nicholas Winton was the architect of the Kindertransport
Sir Nicholas Winton was the architect of the Kindertransport

Barnet Council has backed a proposal to name the Holocaust garden in Hendon park in honour of Sir Nicholas Winton.

The tribute – nearly a year after his death aged 106 – was backed at the annual meeting of the council last night following a proposal by Tory councillor Dean Cohen.

It followed an approach from the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, which is also planning to unveil a bust or statue to commemorate the hero who helped organise the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia before the Shoah.

Dean Cohen
Dean Cohen

Cohen said: “I’m delighted that my motion was unanimously supported. I have requested that council officers work on the detail together with the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and Sir Nicholas’ family.”

Johnson was asked “to consider the idea of naming a London street and/or public place after Sir Nicholas Winton” as part of an initiative identifying physical sites in Europe that gave shelter to victims of Nazism.

 

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