Statement by Minister Dion on International Holocaust Remembrance Day


January 27, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“As we mark the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, we remember the six million Jews and the millions of other victims who were brutally murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

“In their honour, we must never let the worst chapter in human history be repeated or allow other violations of human rights to be tolerated. In the world we want, there is no place for racism, prejudice, violence, intolerance and persecution.

“Shoah survivors and all who have spoken about this abominable tragedy have highlighted the horror of anti-Semitism. On behalf of the survivors and in memory of those who died at the hands of a ruthless regime, we continue to work for a just, free world where all live in safety.

“This day is a poignant reminder that we must never forget and that the Holocaust’s remaining survivors must see justice served.

“It is deeply troubling that even after 71 years, victims and families still have not been compensated for assets confiscated by the Nazis. Canada reaffirms its commitment to the 2009 Terezín Declaration.”


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