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January 27, 2019

United Conservatives commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney issued the following statement on the 14th annual UN International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust:

“Today, which marks 74 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we remember the six million Jewish people- including 1.5 million children- who were murdered by the Nazi regime in the Holocaust.

“The Holocaust, one of the most inhumane periods of human history, stands alone for the sheer depravity and brutality of the crimes committed by the Nazis. The attempted annihilation of the Jewish people throughout Europe occurred as those around the world stood by. As anti-Jewish pogroms spread through the Nazi sphere of influence, the voices of the international community remained silent.

“The horrific atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during the Shoah must never be forgotten. As Elie Wiesel, one of the brave survivors who chronicled the Holocaust stated, “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”

“Today we commit once again to never forget the lives lost, and to always bear witness.

“We have a solemn duty to remember the victims of the Holocaust, to recognize the Righteous among the Nations, to honour and learn from the survivors, and to teach future generations of this, the darkest chapter of history.

“As Leader of the United Conservatives, I remain committed to continuing to work to promote Holocaust education, remembrance and research and to combat anti-Semitism worldwide. I encourage all Albertans to use the somber occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day to reflect on the Holocaust, to recognize the survivors, commemorate the victims and ensure there is truth to the words, Never Again.”