International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2018
Today, we commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. On this day each year, people across the globe unite to remember the millions of victims, most of whom were
Jewish, who were murdered during the Shoah, and we honour those who survived unimaginable atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a reminder of the danger of prejudice, discrimination, and hate. We must never forget the horrors of this dark period in human history or allow it to be repeated.
More than 40, 000 thousand Holocaust survivors eventually settled in Canada to rebuild their lives with the hopes of a better future. In 2017, Canada’s National Holocaust Monument was completed. The Monument pays tribute to these dedicated Canadians and serves as a memorial to the loss of innocent lives, including six million Jewish men, women, and children, and others who were victims because of mental or physical disabilities, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
As we reflect on the lives lost during the Holocaust, we honour their stories and reaffirm our commitment to stand up against racism and intolerance, to refuse to be silent in the face of injustice and hate, and to uphold human rights and human dignity.