(Queen’s Park) Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh today released the following statement:
“International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed annually on January 27th as a memorial day for the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust , the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933-1945. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on November 1, 2005.
“It was on January 27, 1945 that the largest Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. This camp constituted the largest network of Nazi concentration and extermination camps in areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II.
“The resolution urges every member nation of the UN to honour the memory of Holocaust victims and to develop educational programs to help the world to learn the enduring lessons provided by the unique historic tragedy which is the Jewish Holocaust.
“The Holocaust affected the lives of all Ontarians, especially those with fought during World War II and who helped liberate the inmates of the concentration camps, while most of the Jewish Holocaust survivors who emigrated to Canada settled in Ontario.
“Fifteen years ago, I stood in the Parliament of Ontario to table the “Holocaust Memorial Day Act” which established a similar commemoration of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust on the day of ‘Yom ha-Shoah’ according to the lunar Jewish calendar. I am proud to say that this was the first such legislatively-enacted Holocaust memorial day outside of Israel.
“Such memorial days provide all of us with an opportunity to reflect on and educate about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust. As but one example, both the Ontario Human Rights Code and Canadian multiculturalism came to fruition as a result of the impact of those lessons which continue to give us pause for ongoing reflection in our society and world today.
“As always, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party stands with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper in our dedicated, ongoing strong support for Israel and the Canadian Jewish Community. Shalom Aleichem!”
Andrea Horwath – NDP
Statement by Andrea Horwath on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2014
Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the innocent victims of the holocaust: 6 million Jews, 2 million Roma and Sinti, and the tens of thousands of others murdered. These are not just numbers, these were real women and men killed for who they were. We also remember the survivors and those who bravely saved lives. This was a crime that must never be repeated. Today serves as a reminder that we should always be vigilant against the slow creep of hatred, racism, and intolerance.