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Canadian Museum of Human Rights


by Rhonda Spivak, May 5, 2011

I wish to bring to the attention of readers an article by Peter Worthington in the Toronto Sun, "Museum of Human Rights Mess" where writes that Holocaust victims "are largely innocent."

What does he mean by that? That there were some who are not innocent and by implication deserved their fate? Is this statement over the line? Anti-semitic? This is Canada in 2011.
Worthington can have what ever opinion he wants regarding the proposed contents on the Canadian Human Rights Museum---but why would he feel the need to describe Holocaust victims as "largely innocent of everything except being Jewish" rather than simply describe them as innocent of everything except being Jewish?

The article begins as follows:


by Peter Worthington

April 27, 2011

Winnipeg’s $310 million Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) is once again in the centre of a controversy over whose human rights should get the most attention.

A full page in the National Post in the form of a letter signed by 105 prominent Canadians, urges two Ukrainian organizations “to stay out of the debate about the Canadian Museum of Human Rights” (CMHR).

The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA) and Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), representing some 1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian origin, are miffed that the CMHR plans to have a Holocaust gallery, while lumping the Ukrainian Holodomor in another gallery with other historical genocides.

The Holodomor (death by starvation) imposed by Stalin in 1932-33 to bring Ukraine to heel, resulted in some 4 million deaths (some estimates are 7 million) that scar the psyche of all Ukrainians.

 The UCCLA and UCC feel all genocides should be confined to one portion of the museum, but if the Jewish Holocaust gets special treatment, so should the Holodomor.

A Nanos Research poll indicates 60% of Canadians favour all genocides commemorated in one galley, with 25% favouring a Holocaust gallery, and other genocides grouped together. Some 15% of were unsure which they favoured.

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