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February 3, 2011

A statement from  Gail Asper  addressing the issue of the Ukrainian Famine and  Internment  regarding the Canadian Museum for  Human Rights  was published in the Ottawa Citizen on January 18. It reads as follows:

"As someone who has been involved in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from day one, I can attest that my father, Israel Asper, believed that, in order to understand why a country is worth having, you have to know where it came from and that the rights we enjoy today are as a result of the heroic efforts of many ordinary people who took responsibility for the advancement of our human rights. My father believed passionately that only something as graphic as a well-done museum could bring these stories to life. It was -- and is -- our hope that, if we are successful, people will be transformed by what they experience in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and will be inspired to take action in support of human rights here in Canada and around the world.

"Contrary to Lubomyr Luciuk's Dec. 30 article in the Citizen, titled "There are many stories of human rights abuses to be told," to my knowledge, my father had no involvement with the Canadian War Museum or the entirely appropriate desire by the museum board and management to include an exhibit on the Holocaust as part of the Second World War gallery, and so he was not "thwarted" by anyone.

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