Debate rages over Holocaust memorial

June 8, 2009 7:26:59 AM PDT
A New York politician says only Jews persecuted during the Nazi reign should be honored at a Holocaust memorial in Brooklyn. Assemblyman Dov Hikind opposes markers at the memorial honoring other victims of the Nazis. They include homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, the disabled, political prisoners and Gypsies.

The politician's mother, Frieda Hikind, survived the death camp at Auschwitz.

Hikind says he is not against a memorial to honor the other groups - as long as it is somewhere else.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says there's no doubt that most of the atrocities were committed against Jewish people. But Quinn, who is openly lesbian, says it's important to include other groups who were persecuted.


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