Communist Victims / Twelve Responses to Tragedy

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Reference WMO140490

Address:

Cromwell Gardens

Opposite Victoria & Albert Museum

South Kensington

London

SW7

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Group sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Twelve Responses to Tragedy sculpture created by Angela Connor. Sited in a small grassed area between Cromwell Gardens and Thurloe Place opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum. This particular memorial replaced an earlier one to the same group which was damaged and had to be replaced in the 1980s. Whether this is a war memorial or not can be debated but it has been added as it relates to people affected by actions associated with conflict. Inscription at front This memorial was placed here by members of all parties in both Houses of Parliament and by many other sympathisers in memory of the countless innocent men, women and children from the Soviet Union and other East European states who were imprisoned and died at the hands of Communist governments after being repatriated at the conclusion of the Second World War May they rest in peace Inscription at back This sculpture was dedicated by the Bishop of Fulham on 2nd August 1986 to replace the previous memorial dedicated by the Bishop of London on 6th March 1982 which was later destroyed by vandals to whom the truth was intolerable Details of sculpture and sculptor Twelve responses to tragedy by Angela Conner
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THIS SCULPTURE/ WAS DEDICATED BY/ THE BISHOP OF FULHAM/ ON 2ND AUGUST 1986 TO/ REPLACE THE PREVIOUS/ MEMORIAL DEDICATED BY/ THE BISHOP OF LONDON/ ON 6TH MARCH 1982 WHICH/ WAS LATER DESTROYED BY/ VANDALS TO WHOM THE/ TRUTH WAS INTOLERABLE THIS MEMORIAL WAS PLACED/ HERE BY MEMBERS OF ALL PARTIES/ IN BOTH HOUSES OF THE PARLIAMENT/ AND BY MANY OTHER SYMPATHISERS/ IN MEMORY OF THE COUNTLESS/ INNOCENT MEN WOMEN AND/ CHILDREN FROM THE SOVIET UNION/ AND OTHER EAST EUROPEAN STATES/ WHO WERE IMPRISONED AND DIED AT THE HANDS OF COMMUNIST/ GOVERNMENTS AFTER BEING/ REPATRIATED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

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