Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Cotler on Holocaust Memorial Day

"Mr. Speaker, Holocaust Memorial Day is an important time to commemorate, remember and bear witness. It is a time:

[English]

Of remembrance of a Nazi genocidal war against the Jews, in which not all victims were Jewish, but all Jews were intended victims.

[Translation]

Of remembrance of the fact that every victim had a name;

Of remembrance of the danger posed by hate mongering, anti-semitism and genocide carried out or encouraged by state authorities;

[English]

Of witness to the dangers of indifference and inaction, which led us down the road to the unspeakable, the preventable genocide in Rwanda and the genocide by attrition in Darfur.

[Translation]

Of remembrance, with the promise that ‘never again’ will we remain indifferent to racism and hate, never again will we remain silent in the face of evil, and wherever we are, we are responsible for the lives of all those around us. "