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Ottawa - Plaque Marking Canada’s National Holocaust Memorial To Be Replaced After Not Mentioning Jews

Published on: October 8, 2017 10:00 PM
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The monument's dedication plaque didn't mention the six million Jews killed during the Second World War genocide. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/AP)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The monument's dedication plaque didn't mention the six million Jews killed during the Second World War genocide. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/AP)

Ottawa - The plaque marking the opening of Canada’s National Holocaust Monument will be replaced after the original failed to mention that Jews were the majority of the victims.

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the House of Commons on Thursday that the plaque will be replaced, and also reiterated that the monument commemorates the 6 million Jewish people and 5 million other people killed by the Nazis and their supporters during the Holocaust.

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“On the day the monument was unveiled, we noticed that the panel at the entrance conspicuously and curiously did not mention Jews,” Martin Sampson, director of communications for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said in a statement, according to the Toronto Star. “We raised our concerns with the government. They were very responsive, acknowledged the error and agreed to correct it immediately.”

The monument was unveiled at the end of last month by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It states that the monument commemorates the “millions of men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust and honours the survivors who persevered and were able to make their way to Canada after one of the darkest chapters in history.”

Trudeau said at the opening of the monument: “Today we reaffirm our unshakeable commitment to fight anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination in all its forms, and we pay tribute to those who experienced the worst of humanity. We can honor them by fighting hatred with love, and seeking always to see ourselves in each other.”

Canada had been the only Allied power that fought in World War II not to have a national Holocaust memorial.

The more than $7 million cost of the memorial is being split between the government and private donors, and took a decade to build.



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 Oct 09, 2017 at 08:41 AM grandbear Says:

This is the problem of the nations. They refuse to call jews a nation as all other ones . They instead call us a religion like the others.The religions of the world exist without a country.We are a people called by the name JEW .from the time of the temple . We were exiled lastly by the romans who changed the name of our country to palestine.

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