TORONTO, January 28, 2009 - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation commemorates the Holocaust Remembrance Day. "Established to memorialize the 6,000,000 Jews who perished in the Holocaust along with countless other innocent victims, and to honour the courage of those who survived and those who took action at great personal risks to protect the persecuted, this day serves as a poignant reminder of how easily the social fabric can be rent by hatred and discrimination", said CRRF Chairperson, Albert Lo.
"Given the horrors of Nazi Germany, one would have thought that the world would be shocked out of its complacency with regard to the unconscionable and devastating results of racism and intolerance -- both in word and in deed", commented CRRF’s Executive Director, Dr. Ayman Al-Yassini. "To some degree, it was. However, one need only cast an eye to ascertain that the lessons have not yet been fully internalized as we continue to witness acts of anti-Semitism and discrimination”, he added.
The CRRF commits itself to incorporating the lessons of the Holocaust as it continues to educate against racism, hate and discrimination, so that these inhumane acts of cruelty should never, nor be allowed to happen, again.