Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement today to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 2nd:

“On Yom HaShoah, as we reflect upon the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, we affirm that there is nothing more important than the duty of remembrance and the responsibilities it entails.

“This remembrance, zachor, is our burden. Together, we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of horror, the cold destruction of a civilization, the murder of six million Jews and millions of others.

“We remember mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, aunts and uncles and grandparents—millions of families erased in the darkness of Sobibor and Treblinka, Buchenwald and Auschwitz.

“We think of those brave Canadian men and women who fought so bravely against the Nazi regime, who stood proudly with our allies in resistance to the culture of hate and industry of death it represented.

“We live in an age not yet free of state-sanctioned ideologies of hatred and the murderous acts they can engender. When we remember we acknowledge that, as Canadians and as members of the international human rights community, our first responsibility remains to protect all those targeted by such barbarism, whether it be in Sudan, Iran or any state where such ideologies persist to this day.

“We also acknowledge our responsibilities to educate. The study of the Holocaust in all its dimensions is in itself an act of defense and prevention against the fear and ignorance of the other at the roots of anti-Semitism and present-day ideologies of hatred.

“On Yom HaShoah, as we remember the lives of the innocent victims, may we also look forward to a day when such evil is a thing of the past, and let us do all we can as Canadians to bring that day closer.”