Canada Removes Holocaust Memorial Plaque That Does Not Mention Jewish People

Elias Hubbard
October 5, 2017

Although the plaque failed to mention the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust, Trudeau emphasized his commitment to combating anti-Semitism during the inauguration of the memorial last week.

Last year, when unveiling the project of monument, Prime Minister Trudeau said: "It is important for Canadians and the rest of the world to remember the suffering and murder of millions of Jews and others in the Holocaust".

She also stressed that the memorial "commemorates the 6 million Jews as well as the 5 million other victims that were murdered during the Holocaust". "The monument recognizes the contribution those survivors have made to Canada and serves as a reminder that we must be vigilant in standing guard against hate, intolerance, and discrimination".

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly assured parliament that the plaque had been removed, and would be replaced with one that reflects "the horrors experienced by the Jewish people".

The omission was seized upon by MPs and senators of the opposition Conservative Party on Tuesday. Speaking during question period, Sweet added: "If we are going to stamp out hatred toward Jews, it is important to get history right".

Canada's government has removed a plaque inaugurating the country's new Holocaust monument after critics blasted it for failing to mention Jewish people or antisemitism.

"It stands as a reminder of the dangers of hatred, racism, and intolerance while affirming respect for human rights, dignity and resilience", Joly said of the monument.

A new plaque is expected to be unveiled.

"It's being taken very seriously. Obviously, we are not happy the mistake was made originally, (but) I don't think it's malicious", he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with holocaust survivors Eva Kuper, Georgette Brinberg and Philip Goldig before dedicating the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa last Wednesday. His company, Studio Libeskind, says on its website that the Canadian memorial depicts the points of a star, which "remains the visual symbol of the Holocaust - a symbol that millions of Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis to identify them as Jews, exclude them from humanity and mark them for extermination".

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