Train to Auschwitz 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement marking
Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, and vowed to fight all forms of
intolerance, discrimination and anti-Semitism.
"On Yom HaShoah
(Holocaust Remembrance Day), Canadians stand together to remember the
countless innocent people, including nearly six million Jewish men,
women and children who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis
during the Holocaust," Harper said.
"As we mark the liberation of
the first Nazi concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany, let us also
pay tribute to all those brave souls who fought with the Jewish
resistance during this dark period, and let us renew our own commitment
to continue their fight against all forms of intolerance, discrimination
and anti-Semitism," he continued.
Harper described the
atrocities of the Holocaust as a betrayal of "the fundamental value of
human dignity" which must never be forgotten or repeated.Israel's official
state ceremony marked the start of Remembrance day
on Sunday evening.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post
at Yad Vashem prior to the ceremony, former British prime minister and Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair said "We’ve got to be incredibly vigilant” in dealing with European anti-Semitism.
Blair stressed that when an incident occurs, “it should be given proper publicity.”
Asked how to handle the recent uptick in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, Blair replied that “when it happens we’ve got to expose it and what happens, unfortunately too often,” when such incidents do not receive proper publicity.
“I know the British government takes it very seriously and we should be putting a lot of pressure on this because you should not tolerate what is intolerable,” Blair said.