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National Holocaust Monument
"The National Holocaust Monument will serve as a symbol of Canadian value and diversity as much as it will be a memorial for the millions of victims and families destroyed."
– The Honourable Tim Uppal, MP Edmonton-Sherwood Park and Minister of State (Democratic Reform)
Canada’s National Holocaust Monument, to be located in the National Capital Region, will bring Canadians of all faiths together to remember the millions of innocent men, women and children counted among Holocaust victims. The Monument will help ensure the memory of the Holocaust is never lost. The hope is that by teaching current and future generations of Canadians the roots and causes of this atrocity, future acts of genocide will be prevented.
The National Holocaust Monument will recognize how Canadians and Canadian history have been affected, and that we will continue to stand against any forces that oppose our essential principles. We must never allow the crimes of the past to be repeated or forgotten. The Monument will remind us that we must be vigilant in standing guard against hatred and tyrant rulers while promoting freedom for all peoples.
The Holocaust stands alone in the annals of human history. It was not just a crime perpetrated against a specific group of people; it was a crime that challenged the fundamental values all civilized peoples hold dear: freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
A Call to Design Teams was launched in May 2013 inviting Canadian-led teams of professional artists, architects and landscape architects to submit their credentials and examples of prior work as part of a national design competition. International candidates were deemed eligible as team members.
An internationally renowned jury was assembled for this competition. The jury met in September 2013 to evaluate over seventy proposals and recommended six finalist teams to advance to the Phase 2 of the competition.
Finalist teams will be presenting their design concepts to the jury on February 20, 2014. A public viewing of the six finalist concepts will be held at the Canadian War Museum the evening of February 20th, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. The public is invited to view the concepts, meet the design teams, and share their comments. The jury will deliberate the following day and make its recommendations for a winning team.
On April 23, 2013, the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, announced the site of Canada’s National Holocaust Monument during a National Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, which was hosted by the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem with the assistance of the Zachor Coalition.
Located at the corner of Wellington and Booth streets in Canada’s capital, the future National Holocaust Monument will be one of several commemorative sites leading to Confederation Boulevard, the ceremonial route linking major tourist attractions and historical landmarks in Ottawa. The monument will face the Canadian War Museum and command outstanding views of the Parliament buildings.
The monument is expected to be completed by 2015.
Photos of the future National Holocaust Monument site
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