Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we remember the horrific murder of over six million Jews and reaffirm our commitment to ‘never again’.
Sadly, racism and antisemitism still exist in our country and around the world. Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds us all that hatred kills.
In the face of rising antisemitism, it is critical that we all speak up against prejudice and the incitement of hatred. We educate to eliminate the ignorance. We call out bias and prejudice. We work together to prevent this learned hatred. We have to ensure that the truth about the Holocaust is known and never forgotten. We must work towards compassion, tolerance and peaceful co-existence – and the Hebrew value of Tikkun Olam.
Every one of us has to be part of the solution. As June Callwood said, “If you are a witness to an injustice you are not an observer, you are a participant.”
We are grateful to organizations like the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Friends of Yad Vashem for all the work they do. There is no excuse for ignorance, and every single victim is honoured and their legacy becomes a challenge for our humanity.
Today we take time to remind ourselves of our collective and vital responsibility to stand against antisemitism, racism, and hatred.
Today, and all days, we remember.