TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - On January 27, The Canadian Race Relations Foundation will remember the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators between 1933-1945, simply because they were Jewish. We will remember, also, the 200,000 Romani, 250,000 disabled persons who were considered 'life unworthy of life,' and 9,000 members of the LGBTQ community all of whom perished in the perverted Nazi pursuit of racial purity.
"The Holocaust is a challenge to our humanity," said Albert Lo, Chair of the Board, CRRF. "While today we remember the victims of this tragic period in history, we cannot help but reflect on the genocides which came before and which – incomprehensibly – have come since the end of the Second World War. The list of calamities is almost too long to recite. It is our collective duty to remember, to never forget."
"We must never forget the depths to which humanity can fall," said Lilian Ma, CRRF Executive Director. "For the sake of those who perished as well as those who survived, we must commit to do better. We must remember, in the words of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, that 'Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.'"
On January 25, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation will hold a special webinar to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Details of the webinar and registration are at http://www.crrf-fcrr.ca/en/upcoming-webinars
About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
The purpose of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation is to facilitate throughout Canada the development, sharing and application of knowledge and expertise in order to contribute to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society. The work of the Foundation is premised on the desire to create and nurture an inclusive society based on equity, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity. Its underlying principle in addressing racism and racial discrimination emphasizes positive race relations and the promotion of shared Canadian values of human rights and democratic institutions.
SOURCE Canadian Race Relations Foundation
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