PM Trudeau’s statement on the Holocaust doesn’t mention Jews
January 27 is designated by the United Nations as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day on which Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination camp, was liberated by the Soviet troops in 1945.
The Holocaust was a systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was chosen as the central location for the targeted annihilation of the Jewish people on an industrial scale. Of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, more than one million died at Auschwitz-Birkenau. By 1945, three quarters of all European Jews had been killed.
On the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the world’s most notorious extermination camps, Prime Minister Trudeau issued the following statement:
“On this day, we pay tribute to the memory of the millions of victims murdered during the Holocaust. We honour those who survived atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and welcome their courageous stories of hope and perseverance.
“The Holocaust is a stark reminder of the dangers and risks of allowing hate, prejudice, and discrimination to spread unchallenged. It also reminds us that silence must never be an option when humanity is threatened.
“As we pause to educate ourselves and our families on the bitter lessons of the Holocaust, we also strengthen our resolve to work with domestic and international partners to continue defending human rights and condemning intolerance.”
Trudeau’s statement did not mention Jews even once.
In stark contrast to Trudeau’s statement, Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition, issued a statement on behalf of the Conservative Party:
“Today we remember the countless innocent men, women, and children, including six million Jews who were murdered in Nazi death camps during the Second World War.
We also honour those who survived the terrible cruelty of the Holocaust – tens of thousands of whom eventually made their way to Canada – and express our gratitude to those who put their own lives in danger to come to their aid.
The fortitude of the survivors and the courage of those who gave them comfort and shelter in the face of unspeakable evil has been and remains an inspiration to generations since.
Sadly, today is also a day to remind
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