National Holocaust Monument

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.[1]

National Holocaust Monument
For Holocaust memorial
UnveiledSeptember 27, 2017
Location45°25′01″N 75°42′53″W
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Designed byDaniel Libeskind

The National Holocaust Monument Act (Bill C-442),[2] which established plans to create the memorial in Canada's capital, received Royal Assent on March 25, 2011.[3] 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.[3]

The monument will have a view of the Peace Tower and photographs by Edward Burtynsky.[1] The team is being led by Lord Cultural Resources.[1]

The monument will be overseen by the National Capital Commission.[4]

The monument was planned to be unveiled in the fall of 2015,[5] but later pushed back to the spring of 2017 due to delays in construction.[6] The official unveiling occurred on September 27, 2017.[7]

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. [8]

See also


  1. Holocaust Monument in Ottawa Meant For All Canadians
  2. Justice Laws Website
  3. National Holocaust Monument
  4. National Holocaust Monument design team announced
  5. Bozikovic, Alex (2014-05-12). "National Holocaust Monument design unveiled". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  6. Butler, Don (August 9, 2015). "Tendering problems cause one-year delay in National Holocaust Monument". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  7. Duffy, Andrew (27 September 2017). "National Holocaust Monument unveiled in downtown Ottawa". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  8. "How an Ottawa student's outrage led to the National Holocaust Monument". Ottawa Citizen. 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
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