THE MONUMENT

The Monument

The former political prisoners, members of “K-231 in exile”, wished to build a monument to honour the victims of the criminal communist regime not only in former Czechoslovakia but also for the millions that perished or suffered throughout the world.  It was decided that a monument would be built at Masaryktown “on free Czechoslovak land”. It also symbolizes a sacred tombstone that was withheld from the victims.

The Masaryk Memorial Institute took patronage of the monument and donated a piece of Masaryktown property to the project. The chosen piece was discovered by the famous dissident, poet and singer Karel Kryl during his Canadian tour in a Winnipeg studio of sculptor Josef Randa (1933-2005). The statue “Crucified Again” shows the body of a tortured man crucified on a hammer and sickle, a symbol of the Soviet oppression. The monument was unveiled on Czechoslovak Day, July 2nd, 1989.

Czechs and Slovaks in exile from around the world donated $32,000 towards the creation and transportation of the statue and the preparation of the site. The monument stands in a prominent place in the park and is the destination of all visiting dignitaries and a multitude of private citizens.

A bronze plaques displays the following: “Since 1917 Communists Annihilated 62 Million People”

The figure is made of fiberglass and resin and stands upon a stone base.

Click here to read the article in the Novy Domov.

A bronze replica of this statue stands in Gatineau's City Hall, donated by the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 2002.

ABOUT US

Masaryk Memorial Institute is a Canadian non-profit organization based in Toronto, Ontario that has been serving people of Czech and Slovak origin living in Canada since 1945.

ADDRESS

Tel: (416) 439-4354

450 Scarborough Golf Club Road
Toronto, ON M1G 1H1

 

office@masaryktown.ca

OFFICE HOURS

Mon: Closed

Tues: 9:30-5:30PM

Wed: 9:30-5:30PM

Thur: 9:30-5:30PM

Fri: 9:30-5:30PM

Sat/Sun: Closed

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