On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am deeply honoured to extend greetings to everyone observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On this solemn occasion, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, people around the world reflect on the Holocaust and the events that have shaped one of the darkest and most tragic times in history. We are reminded of our collective and personal obligation to learn from the lessons of this past, to reject every form of intolerance and hatred — and to embrace the diversity that gives us our strength.
We remember the immeasurable loss of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, and we vow never to forget. We also honour the survivors, and those who took a stand and made the choice to extend a helping hand. Their courageous stories of heroism and triumph uplift and inspire us, as they will future generations.
In addition to remembrance and reflection, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an important opportunity to promote dialogue that strengthens and informs a culture of inclusion and respect in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.
Please accept my sincere best wishes for a meaningful day.