Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is urging Canadians to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Holocaust in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and “combat anti-Semitism in all its forms.”
He referred to the event as “one of the darkest chapters in human history,” and stressed the “importance of Holocaust education and remembrance.”
“On this occasion, Canadians from all backgrounds remember the horrors of the Shoah, pay tribute to the innocent victims and honor the brave survivors,” he posted to his official Facebook page Sunday night.
“Yom HaShoah reminds us that the Holocaust must never be forgotten and that we must remain vigilant against all forms of prejudice and hatred to ensure that such unspeakable acts of inhumanity never happen again.”
Using the Hebrew name for the “somber” memorial day, Yom HaShoah, he described the event as the “ruthless and systematic murder of nearly six million Jewish men, women and children by the evil Nazi regime.”
He also said that visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem during his diplomatic trip to Israel in January, he and his wife were touched by the meaningful and profound experience they shared with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the museum.
View original Jerusalem Post publication at: http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Harper-on-Holocaust-Educate-and-remember-350648