National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa

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The National Holocaust Monument (French: Monument national de l'Holocauste) is a Holocaust memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, across from the Canadian War Museum at the northeast corner of Wellington and Booth Streets, and about 1.5 km away from Parliament Hill. The memorial has been designed by Daniel Libeskind.
The National Holocaust Monument Act (Bill C-442), which established plans to create the memorial in Canada's capital, received Royal Assent on March 25, 2011. The law was introduced as a private members bill by Tim Uppal, Minister of State and MP for Edmonton—Sherwood Park and received unanimous support.
The monument will have a view of the Peace Tower and photographs by Edward Burtynsky. The team is being led by Lord Cultural Resources.
The monument will be overseen by the National Capital Commission.


The monument was planned to be unveiled in the fall of 2015, but later pushed back to the spring of 2017 due to delays in construction. The official unveiling occurred on September 27, 2017.
The monument was built due to the persistent activism of former University of Ottawa student, Laura Grosman. Laura began advocating for a monument to be built commemorating the Nazis atrocities and as a beacon of light for Canadian Holocaust survivors. She campaigned and met with various Members of Parliament to support the introduction of a Private Members Bill. She is the granddaughter of a Polish-born Holocaust survivor.
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  • I am not sure how the artists/ architects felt this monument would enhance the average person’s understanding of this tragic period in history. Grey illustrations on the cement walls give some sense.....  more »
  • Aside from a few murals, the massive monument was mostly blank grey concrete. it seemed more like a failed modern art piece than a tribute to the dead. They should have used the money to plant a...  more »
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  • Well designed and the murals are gorgeous and they capture the pain of the holocaust.
  • Really impressed with the design and layout of the memorial, very impressed with the government for commissioning a monument like this. I am happy that the monument doesn't have you leaving depressed but proud to be a Canadian and proud to be from a country which looks to bring different peoples in rather than push them out. It's easy for me to say this because I was born here and not a part of any visual minority but in the end we are all human and that is really what this monument is all about.
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