Canada Holocaust Memorial Omitted Any Reference to Jews, the Role of Anti-Semitism

July 1941: A group of Bolsheviks captured by the Nazis in the ill-advised Operation Barbarossa. German troops invaded Russia in June, 1941. / Getty Images

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The Canadian government has responded to outcry and removed a plaque at the National Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa, Canada that made no mention of how Jews were victims of the Holocaust.

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the plaque would be replaced with a new one "that reflects the horrors experienced by the Jewish people," the Times of Israel reported.

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."

Prior to the memorial's opening last week, Canada was the only country of the World War II Allies that did not have a Holocaust memorial.

During the inauguration of the memorial, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized his commitment to combatting anti-Semitism.

"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," he said.

The White House was similarly criticized earlier this year following a statement the Trump administration issued for International Holocaust Remembrance Day that failed to mention Jews or anti-Semitism.

Conor Beck

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Conor Beck is a Media Analyst for the WFB. He's previously written for The College Fix, Life News, and was a Student Free Press Association Fellow for The Weekly Standard. He graduated from Rice University in 2017.

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