Ukrainian Canadian Congress Commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day
OTTAWA – JANUARY 27, 2011-The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) commented on the significance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day which marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Aushwitz-Birkenau camps in Poland.
“Today we remember and condemn the horrible crimes inflicted by the Nazi regime on millions of Jews and millions of other victims of Hitler’s regime, including Ukrainians, Roma, homosexuals, Catholics, Poles, and disabled persons,” stated UCC President Paul Grod. “The murderous acts of terror committed by the Nazi regime against millions of Eastern and Central Europeans remind us of carnage inflicted by both Soviet and Nazi totalitarian regimes in a very short time period on innocent populations. Even in the face of such evil, many Ukrainians risked their lives to help their neighbours, earning thousands of them the title of “Righteous among the Nations.”
The fourth largest number of “Righteous among the Nations” are some 2,272 Ukrainians honoured at Yad Vashem.
“We must never waiver in our commitment to honour the memory of the millions of victims and survivors of Hitler’s terror,” said Grod. “We must ensure that the memory of these victims is recognized to ensure that the world never forgets.”