OTTAWA – NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“Today we mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
“On January 27th 1945 – soldiers of the Soviet Union’s Army of the First Ukrainian Front opened the gates and liberated the prisoners of the Auschwitz-Birkeneau death camps. “Today, seventy years later, we remember the children, women and men who were victims of Nazi atrocities. We remember the six million Jews – one third of the Jewish people – who were killed alongside countless others because of their race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
“We must never forget them and, in the words of Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi, ‘carve them into our hearts’ so their history can stand as an enduring warning of the dangers of hatred, bigotry and prejudice.
“We heed this warning today not just by memorializing, but through teaching our children about the victims of the Holocaust and recommitting ourselves to the fight against racial, ethnic and religious intolerance.”