From the Desk of the National Director – Cast a Stone Upon the Waters: The Origins of Canada’s National Holocaust Monument & the March of Remembrance and Hope

Just a few days ago, the Federal Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, unveiled its national Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.

They say that “Success has many parents, but failure is an orphan.”

So I want to emphasize, that there many people who can take credit for this achievement, but the lion’s share of the credit goes to Laura Grosman, who began this initiative 10 years ago when she was just a teenager.

As an 18-year-old student from Thornhill, in 2007, Laura was studying Government and Canadian history at the University of Ottawa, and wanted to visit the Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa – until she discovered there was none. She simply could not believe that in the nation’s capital, there was no national Holocaust memorial.

In fact, until last week Canada was the only Allied nation without an official Holocaust monument.

So this 18 year old teen went ahead to rectify this wrong.

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