I was biking past the Manitoba Legislative Buildings and saw a monument I’d never noticed before. It was in the shape of a broken Star of David. Taking a closer look I discovered it was a monument built in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust. It was dedicated in 1990.
The walls were designed to reflect the sunlight since the monument was to be a sign of hope, rebirth and the rebuilding of lives. The names of the 3,700 victims, memorialized on the monument’s walls, all had surviving family members living in Manitoba.
The legislature of Manitoba was the first in Canada to provide a designated space for a Holocaust Memorial. Philip Weiss, an award-winning Winnipeg furniture maker and craftsman, led the campaign to have the memorial built. Weiss was a Holocaust survivor who was seized from his parents home in Poland by the Nazis when he was just 15 years old and sent to two different concentration camps. The names of various concentration camps are engraved at the base of the monument.
I’ve learned that each year on Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Memorial Day there is a service of remembrance at this monument during which each name inscribed on it is read aloud.
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