Emmanuel Hahn and the Monument
Immediately following the Great
War local Beach citizens raised funds to
construct a cenotaph
of the students of Malvern Collegiate who
fought and died. .The monument shown
here was sculpted by
Emmanuel Hahn and features the names of all of the students
etched on its side.
Emmanuel Hahn is probably most
famous as the designer of the Bluenose sculpture on the
back of the Canadian dime and the Caribou on the back of
the Canadian quarter.
He is also famous as the victim
of racism and anti German bias in the years following
War. In 1925 Winnipeg held a contest to design
and build a memorial to the Great War.
submitted a design that was initially the winning one. Several groups of
Winnipeg, including the Winnipeg Board of Trade, the
Provincial Chapter of the
I.O.D.E., the Traveller's
Association and the returned soldiers' associations,
protested the choice on the grounds of Mr.
Hahn's birthplace. Emmanuel Hahn had come to
1892 at the age of eleven and he was a naturalized
Canadian but he was German
On February 25, 1926 at a war
memorial meeting it was decided that Mr. Hahn should be
the five hundred dollars for the winning design and
that the contest be re-opened to persons
British-born or born in countries which were allies of
Britain during the war.
The second contest was won by a Canadian born woman
sculptor, Elizabeth Wood of Toronto.
happened to be the wife of Emmanuel Hahn. In November,
rejected the decision of the judges
because "it didn't appeal to them". Mrs. Hahn got her
hundred dollars and a local Winnipeg designer was
chosen. Such was the hysteria of the times