Today marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 1945, and has been designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since 2005, the United Nations has designated January 27 as a day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust, including six million Jews, and five million non-Jews who were murdered by the Nazi regime during World War II.
“Today we honour the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust as well as those who survived unspeakable atrocities at the hands of the Nazis,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. “The Holocaust will forever stand as an example of the ultimate expression of human hatred. Although we are now more than 70 years later, the lessons learned after the Holocaust still apply today and must not be forgotten. We all have a moral responsibility to continually strive to combat the forces of racism, antisemitism and bigotry wherever they are found.”