Today is a haunting reminder that, had I lived during the time of that Second World War, I could have been one of those trapped — without hope — at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The persecution taking place at that time, for such baseless causes as the colour of one's skin, or one's religion, or one's sexual orientation, give reason for pause, to consider how far we have come since that dreadful time. The world had been on the brink of self-destruction.
Her Excellency the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean[/color], C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.¹,]A man hides in a forest with his family. They forage what they can to survive, hiding from detection because of their religion. Despite the man's caution, and to his horror, he returns from a search for food to discover his wife, his child and other family and friends taken from him at the end of a knife. This was life during the Holocaust.Quote has been trimmed
Holocaust Memorial Day allows all Canadians the opportunity to reflect on one of the darkest periods of humanity. People were judged by the colour of their skin, their sexual orientation and, most noticeably, their religion. For years, the Jewish community has marked Yom Hashoah, a day to remember the more than six million Jews who died because of who they were. Today, survivors tell their stories and pass down the tales of atrocities so their children and future generations will never forget.
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