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October 6, 2017
Blouin Art Info

Canada Gets First Holocaust Monument

Canada’s first monument devoted to the Holocaust was unveiled in Ottawa on September 27, 2017. The National Holocaust Monument by Daniel Libeskind's architecture firm pays tribute to the millions of Jews who were massacred by the Nazis, while also recognizing the survivors who escaped to Canada and made a life there. Spread over 0.8 acres, the monument constitutes six tall concrete walls structured like a distorted Star of David. It is an important symbol for Jews as they were compelled to wear it as badges to make it easier for the Nazis to spot them. The tallest of the six volumes is called Sky Void, and is flanked on three sides by four-meter-high walls. Visitors can enter through the space on the fourth side, which also contains Flame of Remembrance and captures a piece of the sky in its slit, notes Dezeen Magazine.

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October 4, 2017
Canadian Art

6 Questions about Canada's New National Holocaust Monument

“There were small ones, but there was no national monument” until now, says Dov Goldstein of Lord Cultural Resources, who acted as project manager on the monument. “There was nothing that spoke nationally about the Holocaust.”

Goldstein recalls that the idea of a national Holocaust monument for Canada was actually put forward by a university student named Laura Grossman roughly a decade ago.

Then, in 2009, the idea of a national Holocaust monument was introduced as a private member’s bill in Parliament by Conservative MP Tim Uppal. It received Royal Assent in 2011, and fundraising began.

According to Goldstein, funds for the monument were roughly “half and half” private and public—legally, all proponents of national monuments “are responsible for the funding of their commemorative monument,” states policy on the issue.

In 2013, Lord Cultural responded to a request for proposals for the monument project, and assembled a multidisciplinary team: New York architect Daniel Libeskind, Quebec landscape architect Claude Cormier, Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky, and University of Toronto Holocaust historian Doris Bergen. Their proposal won in 2014.

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October 3, 2017
The Globe and Mail

Monumental Emotions

Ottawa's National Holocaust Monument speaks to more than just the mind, offering visitors the opportunity to feel the weight of the past and hope for the future through its symbolic design features.

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October 3, 2017
Toronto Star

Canada’s new National Holocaust Monument is ‘about you’: Hume

The new National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa isn’t a building or a sculpture. “It falls between these things,” says its designer, Daniel Libeskind.

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October 2, 2017
DeZeen

Studio Libeskind Completes Canada's first Holocaust Monument in Ottawa

The project involved a team that included consultation firm Lord Cultural Resources, photographer Edward Burtynsky, landscape architect Claude Cormier, and Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen.

The group won the competition for the project in 2014, beating proposals by David Adjaye and Ron Arad among others.

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September 29, 2017
The New York Times

A Collector's Dream: Creating Your Own Museum as a Legacy

Gail Lord was quoted in the article "A Collector's Dream: Creating Your Own Museum as a Legacy" in the The New York Times by Paul Sullivan. 

“A collector may say, ‘I want this material to be seen in perpetuity,’ but they don’t realize that the type of expenses that are involved are significantly more than where they’re holding the works now,” said Gail Lord, a founder of Lord Cultural Resources, a cultural planning firm.

“There are occupancy costs, which include heating, lighting, cooling and security, and insurance is a very significant cost,” said Ms. Lord, who is also the firm’s president. “‘Open to the public’ means there has to be a staff of some type who is going to be opening the doors and charging or not charging admission. You also need someone to provide information to fulfill the educational requirement.”

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September 27, 2017
Canada's First National Holocaust Memorial opens in Ottawa

Canada today (27 September) inaugurated its first national Holocaust Monument, in Ottawa, an endeavour ten years in the making. A grassroots campaign to build the monument was launched in 2007 by a student at the University of Ottawa, Laura Grossman, and construction on the C$9m ($7.25m) project began last year. It was supported by the National Holocaust Monument Development Council, with matching funds from the Canadian Government. The concept of monument, landscape of loss, memory and survival, came from Toronto-based Lord Cultural Resources, and was chosen in 2014 from a shortlist that included proposals from the architects David Adjaye and Ron Arad.

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September 27, 2017
The Ottawa Citizen

National Holocaust Monument unveiled in downtown Ottawa

The long wait for a national Holocaust memorial ended Wednesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inaugurating the city’s newest monument in downtown Ottawa.

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September 27, 2017
Radio Canada

Le Monument national de l'Holocauste inauguré mercredi

La cérémonie d'inauguration du Monument national de l'Holocauste aura lieu mercredi après-midi à Ottawa en présence du premier ministre Justin Trudeau et de la ministre du Patrimoine, Mélanie Joly.

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September 27, 2017
Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister inaugurates National Holocaust Monument

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today inaugurated the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. The monument serves to honour the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and the important lessons it so painfully taught us.

The Holocaust was the mass extermination of over six million Jews and millions of other victims, and one of the darkest chapters in human history. The National Holocaust Monument commemorates the millions of people who suffered such atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and pays tribute to those whose stories must never be forgotten.

The monument also stands as a testament to the resilience and courage of Holocaust survivors. Many found a home in Canada, and profoundly shaped our country and society.

In honouring the victims of the Holocaust, we recognize their humanity, which no human act can erase. The National Holocaust Monument reminds us that it is our collective and vital responsibility to stand against anti-Semitism, racism, and hatred, and to bring meaning to the solemn vow, “never again.”

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