Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement marking the International Day of Commemoration to Honour the Victims of the Holocaust.
“Fuelled by intolerance, racism, discrimination and anti-Semitism, Nazi troops massacred nearly six million Jews and millions of others during the Holocaust – a period that will forever remain a stain on human history.
“This Sunday, on the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, we’ll think of the men, women and children who were killed during the Holocaust and we will join with their families in honouring their eternal memory.
“On this day, we also pay tribute to the survivors and the righteous individuals who risked their lives to protect those who were targeted during the Holocaust. Their immense bravery, resilience and courage remain an inspiration to us all.
“May we never forget the lessons of the Holocaust and continue to cherish and promote the fundamental values that Canada thrives under: freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
“Canada will stand firm against those who challenge these principles in order to ensure that the world will never again be threatened by such great evil.”