The site was approved 13-1 by a special panel of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board on August 14th. The lone dissenter did not oppose the idea, but the location; Richard Finan preferred an alternate location at the southeastern corner at Third and State streets. Back in April 2012, Finan also expressed opposition to a Holocaust memorial on the capitol grounds because he was concerned that it would open the door to the proliferation of statues on the Statehouse grounds for other causes.
The selected site is an open area of the Statehouse grounds across State Street from the Ohio Theatre and above the underground parking garage. Garage roof supports will have to be strengthened. The projected $2 million cost is to be paid by private donations. Next up will be the solicitation of proposals from artists, to be overseen by the full 19-member Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial Artist Selection Committee. Even though there are already 25 official Holocaust museums in the United States, the proposed Columbus memorial will be the first Holocaust memorial at any Statehouse in the nation.
However, Gov. Kasich employed some legal chicanery to fast-track the project. Kasich had the proposal inserted in a state budget revision, bypassing a process for approving Statehouse memorials that typically takes several years. Kasich first issued the call for a Holocaust memorial on the capitol grounds during the 31st Governor’s Holocaust Commemoration ceremony in May 2011.
As expected, Stormfront members are questioning the need for a memorial to a Holocaust that took place in a foreign country 10,000 miles away from Columbus, Ohio. But a number of ordinary people expressed their skepticism on the Dispatch:
Susan Riley (sulee) 2012-08-16 07:58:09.0:
Private donations or not, I don't quite make the connection between the Holocaust and Ohio -- and apparently I'm not alone since OH will be the ONLY state to have such a memorial.
Thomas Rees (Tom-R2) 2012-08-16 09:45:48.0:
I don't understand it either. I'm sure Ohio has many residents who fought during WWII, lived through WWII, and even have family/friends connections to those who lived and died in the concentration camps, the state Capitol grounds isn't the most appropriate place for it. The governor ramrodding what he wants down our throats yet again.
Alex Noen (Alex123) 2012-08-17 00:54:04.0:
Something very wrong about this. It is never enough with these people, is it? Supposedly we fought a war on their side, yet they always want more. Look at the names of those involved in the many financial crimes destroying this country - seems to be a pattern. Seems what is being done here is what was being done in pre-WWII Germany. They had the backbone to say "no." I don't think Americans do now. But I think it is obvious by now we fought on the wrong side in WWII. That is why they resort to these desperate measures to keep their absurd religion of "Holocaustiology" alive. Look up David Cole's videos from the early 90's - his work disproved the lies at Auschwitz so much they had to revise their plaques. Look up the "Chimney to nowhere." Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Israel wants us to fight ANOTHER war for them in Iran. This is getting to be treason. Cantor openly sided with a foreign nation over the US - why isn't he in jail. Time to wake up, folks, or accept slavery. Founding Fathers would wonder why you are letting this happen. Israel is bleeding us dry. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of our country. String up the traitors.