OTTAWA, Jan. 27, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, people in Canada and around the world honour the memory of the more than six million Jewish men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust and the countless other victims of Nazi brutality.
In 2005, January 27 was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, by Soviet troops in 1945.
In 2017, the Government of Canada unveiled the National Holocaust Monument in the heart of Canada's capital. This monument serves as a reminder to us all of the atrocities and horrors experienced by the Jewish people and many others targeted by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during one of the most horrifying chapters in human history. It also pays tribute to the strength, courage and resilience of the more than 40,000 Holocaust survivors who found a home in Canada, and profoundly shaped our country and society.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on the powerful and vital lessons of this day. We must never lose sight of our collective responsibility to stand against antisemitism and prejudice in all its forms and to never allow intolerance and hate to take root in our communities. We will never forget.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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