UCC Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2020. OTTAWA. On January 27, the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, we honour the memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust.

Over six million Jews, and millions of other victims – Ukrainians, Poles, Roma, and many others – were murdered by the Nazi German regime. May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal. Вічная пам`ять.

We pay tribute to the Survivors of the Shoah, whose courage in sharing their stories ensures that we and future generations learn of the horrors of the Holocaust and that these terrible crimes are never again repeated. We draw inspiration from the bravery and compassion of those who risked their lives during the Holocaust to help their neighbours.

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The gates and the barracks and the gas chambers and the crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau stand today as an eternal reminder to us all of human beings’ capacity for evil and of the need for eternal vigilance against the scourges of anti-Semitism, racism and totalitarianism.

We condemn the horrible crimes of Nazi Germany and remain united in our obligation to ensure that such crimes are never repeated.

We Remember.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress encourages all Canadians to participate in the #WeRemember campaign, the global campaign for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Information about how you can participate is available here

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