Remembering the Six Million Murdered Under the Jackboots of Nazi Fascism

“Today and every day, we as Ontarians and as Canadians must recommit to ensuring that an atrocity such as the Holocaust never be repeated.”                                                                                    – Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement, to mark Yom HaShoah

Posted May 2nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

In the Toronto area two years ago, a Jewish place of rest is targetted by hate-mongers, leaving a tell-tale nazi swastika behind.

“On Yom HaShoah, Ontario’s New Democrats honour the memory of the six million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust. We remember that these six million people were killed systematically, simply for being Jewish, and that this number includes Jewish refugees turned away at the Canadian border.

We also remember other victims targeted by the Nazis, including Roma people, people of diverse sexual and gender identities, people with disabilities and people killed for their political beliefs.

Today and every day, we as Ontarians and as Canadians must recommit to ensuring that an atrocity such as the Holocaust never be repeated.

The horrors of the Holocaust are a stark reminder that Ontarians must be vigilant in resisting anti-Semitism, which is increasingly rearing its head here and all over the world. We must stand with the Jewish community to stamp out hatred and discrimination, and to make sure Jewish people are safe in their places of worship, their schools and their community centres.

We commemorate the dead and honour the strength of the survivors, 40,000 of who came to Canada to build a new life and a flourishing Jewish community.

Let us stand in solidarity with Ontario’s and Canada’s Jewish community, and recommit to the pledge of Never Again.”

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One response to “Remembering the Six Million Murdered Under the Jackboots of Nazi Fascism

  1. Gary Screaton Page

    You are wrong if you think what happened under Hitler could never happen here. Just look south. Hate crimes are on the rise dramatically. Racist talk, and meanness of speech and action is oozing out of the White House. Germany was one of the most cultured and educated nations on earth when Hitler rose to power. It had great music, great art, and excellent theological writing. Hitler’s base changed all that. Will Trump’s base do the same. It could. It doesn’t take many people willing to act violently to terrorize others to encourage neighbours to turn a blind eye and not speak out. History has proven it.
    Look how Trump’s base is becoming more entrenched. The gap between one half of American and the other — GOP vs Dems — is growing. There is an invisible wall between both sides built in no small part by the erratic, juvenile, impulsivity of the American President.
    We have our own problems in Canada. Consider the SNC-Lavalin affair. Those who dared to speak out were booted out. Trudeau gets flustered when he tries to explain how apparently illegal contributions allegedly were made to the party by SNC-Lavalin. Will firings continue as the do in the U.S.? Time will tell. There are certainly signs that racism and hate crimes are on the rise here, too.
    The U.S.A. under Trump may be doing well economically, and money talks, it is nevertheless moving further and further away from the values that made the country great in the first place. Too often, when people feel financially secure, they fail to care about their neighbours for fear of losing what they have. When hurt financially, or when nursed at the teat of corporate employment, they tend to draw close to leaders regardless of whether they are ethical. Are we that different in Canada?
    Maybe, just maybe, we in Canada are smart enough, and willing enough, to push back and keep Canadian values preserved. Maybe!


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