Studio Daniel Libeskind

Libeskind to Unveil Monument Project in Halifax

20 Jan 2011

Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) and Pier 21 Canada's Immigration Museum are proud to host an historic event at Pier 21 Canada's Immigration Museum in Halifax on Thursday January 20th, 2011 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST). At that time, we will be unveiling the Wheel of Conscience — a remarkable monument designed by world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.

The monument, the first of its kind, memorializes Canada's 1939 refusal of entry to the 900-plus Jewish refugees on-board the M.S. St. Louis and the "none is too many" exclusionary anti-Jewish immigration policy that it epitomized. After having been forced to return to Europe, approximately one third of those on-board the St. Louis perished in the Holocaust. The Wheel of Conscience is the centre-piece of a national project to educate Canadians, especially youth, about the St. Louis and its tragic impact on Canadian society and history.

This project is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada through the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP). The CHRP funds community-based commemorative and educational projects that recognize the experiences of ethno-cultural communities affected by historical wartime measures and/or immigration restrictions applied in Canada's past.

Keynote Speakers:
Daniel Libeskind, Architect.
Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Noted Speakers:
Ruth Goldbloom, Chair, Pier 21 Foundation
Robert Moody, CEO, Pier 21 Society
Mark Freiman, President, Canadian Jewish Congress
Bernie M. Farber, CEO, Canadian Jewish Congress

For Media Registration, please contact:
Cailin MacDonald
Communications Manager
Pier 21 Canada's Immigration Museum

Direct: (902) 425-2320
Cell: (902) 441-5755

Jordan Kerbel
National Director of Public Affairs
Canadian Jewish Congress/Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee

416 638-1991 ext #5142
Cell: (416) 317-9517