Canada Holocaust Memorial Omits Mention of Jews, anti-Semitism

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From the Times of Israel

Canada’s government removed a plaque at a new Holocaust memorial that omitted any reference to Jews or anti-Semitism.

The National Holocaust Memorial, in the capital of Ottawa, was inaugurated last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Tuesday, a lawmaker from the opposition Conservative Party criticized the “profoundly obvious omission.”

“If we are going to stamp out hatred toward Jews, it is important to get history right,” said MP David Sweet.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the inauguration of the National Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa on September 27, 2017. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Following its removal, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the plaque would be replaced with a new one “that reflects the horrors experienced by the Jewish people.”

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 original plaque memorialized the “millions of men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust” and the “survivors who persevered and were able to make their way to Canada after one of the darkest chapters in history.”

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.

“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,” Trudeau was quoted by the BBC as saying. “We can honor them by fighting hatred with love, and seeking always to see ourselves in each other.”

Prior to the opening of the monument last week, Canada was the only country from the Allies in World War II that did not have a Holocaust memorial, according to the National Post.

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