(OTTAWA) - Today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Canada. On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Green Party of Canada pays tribute to the millions of victims that tragically lost their lives in the Holocaust.
“Today, we reflect on the brutal genocide that occurred during the Holocaust,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands. “We must never forget that this dark chapter in our history was deeply rooted in intolerance and hatred for minority groups. “To promote peace, we must help groups understand each other and find common ground as humans.”
International Holocaust Remembrance Day was officially instituted in 2005 by the United Nations. January 27 was selected as the day of observance, which holds significance when the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated on January 27, 1945
More than 6 million Jewish people were systematically killed in the Holocaust. An additional 5 million other people lost their lives during this period.
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