Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann made the following statement on the floor of the Legislature for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“This coming Sunday marks Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Today we stand in the Legislature to remember the millions of Jewish women, children, and men brutally murdered by the Nazi regime. Their only crime was being what Adolf Hitler and his government hated and feared: different. Because of their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, they deviated from the Nazi ideal of a pure Aryan nation, and so were exterminated.
“The full official name of Yom HaShoah translates to “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day.”
“While we remember humanity at its darkest, and mourn those lost, we also acknowledge the incredible strength of the human spirit.
“Opposition to the Nazi regime took incredible courage. Many lost their lives. Nevertheless, resistance was widespread. Once-ordinary men and women became heroes as they fought back in countless ways. Their bravery gave others a glimmer of hope – a candle in the darkness.
“As the Holocaust fades into the past, we risk forgetting the consequences of not being vigilant against racism, hatred, and genocide in all its forms, and that we must be prepared to act when we see evidence anywhere, anytime, across our world.
“‘Never again’ is more than a hope – it’s a promise to act.
“When we say these words, we promise that we will follow the example of those who stood up and resisted, to fight to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust are never repeated.”