Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has released the following statement on Yom HaShoah:
I am encouraging all Albertans to take time for somber reflection on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On this day we remember the evil committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis that saw six million Jews brutally murdered solely because of their faith. It is a day for us to reflect and mourn on a horrific and shameful chapter in human history.
As the Holocaust fades into the past, we must remain vigilant against hatred in all its forms. We must be alert and watchful against the systemic violence, persecution, and racism that sadly still threaten our society today.
There were many during the Holocaust who stood up to persecution and acted to save the lives of their neighbours shielding them from this murderous evil. We must honour those heroic efforts and be mindful of their courage so that we continue to be steadfast and determined to ensure the horrors of the Holocaust never happen again.