Let me show you the plaque on the new Holocaust memorial in Ottawa. (It was commissioned when Stephen Harper was prime minister, but it was unveiled this past week by Justin Trudeau, in a flurry of photo ops.)
The plaque doesn’t mention the word “Jew” or “Jewish” at all. That’s what the Holocaust was, wasn’t it — six million Jews were killed?
If you want to mention other minorities who were thrown in with the Jews, I get it. But nothing — no-one — is named. It just mentions millions of men women and children. Not the number six million, because that would be too Jewy.
What’s the lesson of this monument then? The plaque reads:
“Standing guard against hate, intolerance and discrimination”.
The Holocaust wasn’t about people hating Jews. It was about people killing Jews.
The National Capital Commission is the government agency in charge of these projects. On their website, it’s the same.
But there’s more evidence of what changed between Harper’s commission and Trudeau’s unveiling, as I’ll show you.
Hey, do you think that when Justin Trudeau inevitably announces a billion dollars for his new Islamophobia museum one day, that he’ll forget to mention Muslims by name?