Defacing of National Holocaust Monument an Insult to Holocaust Victims

January 30, 2020

Statement

Toronto (January 30, 2020) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is horrified by the recent defacing of the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa and is urging Ottawa Police Service to conduct a thorough investigation to find the suspect.

Ottawa Police notified the public yesterday that a hate crime investigation is underway after being notified that the monument was pelted with eggs.

“It is very disturbing that someone would choose to deface a monument dedicated to the millions of men, women and children who were murdered in the Holocaust, especially in the same week as International Holocaust Remembrance Day during which we pay tribute to victims and vow to never allow such a tragedy to happen again,” said FSWC president and CEO Avi Benlolo. “This is an insult to not only Holocaust victims, but also their families, Holocaust survivors and the Jewish community as a whole that to this day continues to be targeted by hate.”

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