TORONTO, January 27, 2017 /CNW/ – The Canadian Race Relations Foundation today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day to honour the 6 million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators in the years leading up to and during the Second World War. It is also an occasion to remember the other victims of Nazism who perished during that dark time in human history.
“The Holocaust represents the nadir of civilization,” said Albert Lo, Chair of the Board, CRRF. “It was the deliberate attempt to annihilate an entire people, an attempt that was state-sponsored and supported by virtually every system of society. It is fitting that the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was chosen as the day on which to engage in international reflection, but this genocide did not happen only in the death camps, killing fields and ghettoes. It first took root and was conceived of in the minds of ordinary men and women. One important lesson for us to learn from the Holocaust is that monsters are not necessary to bring evil into the world. Zachor. We must remember.”
“International Holocaust Remembrance Day was set aside to remember those who perished during the Holocaust and to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust - the potency of hateful words, fear, prejudice, bigotry and acts of discrimination - be used to educate future generations,” said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director CRRF. “In support of that goal, the CRRF will host a webinar on January 30, 2017 to examine the current resurgence of the extreme right wing in Canada through the prism of what the Holocaust has taught us.”
Details for the webinar and the registration portal may be found at http://www.crrf-fcrr.ca/en/upcoming-webinars
About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is a Crown Corporation dedicated to working towards the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination. Its mission is to advance Canadian identity in the pursuit of positive race relations, equity, fairness, social harmony and dignity for all Canadians. The CRRF does this by providing independent, outspoken national leadership, informing national policies and public conversation, and acting as a resource and facilitator.
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