Exclusive Tour Of The National Holocaust Monument In Ottawa

May 3rd


Author By leon
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The National Holocaust Memorial by UCC Group on the edge of LeBreton Flats.


For the last year I have been keeping a close eye on the National Holocaust Monument and the weekly progress made by the UCC Group team. The monument is strategically located on the edge of downtown Ottawa, Ontario between the Canadian War Museum and Parliament Hill. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remarked that “…the monument will promote a better understanding of the historical events surrounding the Holocaust and how they affected Canada, and celebrate the tremendous contributions that Holocaust survivors have made to this country.”

Do not be fooled by the simple exterior. The monument incorporates a flame and an iconic stairway that leads to a view of the Peace Tower. This is one of the most complex designs I have ever seen.  Six triangular segments make a star design that will support over 1000 visitors for gatherings and ceremonies.  The massive facias will display images by one of Canada’s most respected photographers, Edward Burtynsky.

The monument will share a story of survival and hope for the 100,000 remaining Holocaust survivors and their families.  Approximately 40,000 survivors made their way to Canada in 1945 when the Second World War ended.  Today, the youngest survivors are in their early 70’s.

I firmly believe that the design team, which in addition to Edward Burtynsky includes Daniel Libeskind, Doris L. Bergen, Claude Cormier and leader Gail Dexter Lord, will receive many awards and international recognition.  The bar has been set and the National Holocaust Monument will become the measuring stick for all other architectural memorials throughout the world.


The new Holocaust monument is set to open in 2017.


An overhead illustration of the massive memorial.


Tied-off tradesmen work on the stairs of the National Holocaust Monument with the Peace Tower in the background.


One of the entrances leading into the monument.


Picture taken from the corner of Booth St and Wellington.


Future staircase leading up to Wellington St from inside the monument.


A worker inspects formwork on site.


Inside the heart of the National Holocaust Monument.


Complex concrete formwork inside the monument.


Flags at the Canadian War Museum.


Top of the large towering enclosed triangular that will house the flame.


Looking up from inside the towering concrete walls of the National Holocaust Monument.


A view of the Peace Tower through the National Holocaust Monument.



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