Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust:
“Seventy-two years ago, Soviet troops liberated the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where over one million innocent children, women and men were brutally exterminated. Fewer than 10,000 survived.
“Today, we remember the victims of the Holocaust, including six million Jews – two-thirds of the European Jewish population at the time – who were slaughtered alongside several million others targeted for their ethnicity, faith, nationality, sexual orientation, disability or political views.
“We also pay tribute to those who courageously stood up to combat this evil. By retelling their stories of hope in despair, we honour those who survived.
“As events around the globe continue to remind us, the lessons of the Holocaust are more important than ever. It serves as a stark reminder of where hatred and indifference can lead.
“Today, let us commit to: Never Again.”
Stephen SmartPress Secretary
Office of the Premier