Yesterday, January 27 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day;
“On this day, we pay tribute to the memory of the millions of victims murdered during the Holocaust. We honour those who survived atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and welcome their courageous stories of hope and perseverance.
The Holocaust is a stark reminder of the dangers and risks of allowing hate, prejudice, and discrimination to spread unchallenged. It also reminds us that silence must never be an option when humanity is threatened.
As we pause to educate ourselves and our families on the bitter lessons of the Holocaust, we also strengthen our resolve to work with domestic and international partners to continue defending human rights and condemning intolerance.”
Most notable was the Canadian Prime Minister’s blatant omission of any reference to the Jewish people or to the anti-Jewish ideology which fueled the Nazi’s systematic extermination of 6 million Jews.
While others were also murdered at the hands of the Nazi (including Roma, homosexuals, people with mental or physical disabilities, etc.), for the Canadian Prime Minister to neglect to make explicit reference to the anti-Jewish nature of the Holocaust fails to bring to mind ‘the bitter lessons of the Holocaust’ which the Prime Minister called in his statement for the Canadian people to educate themselves of.
For the Prime Minister to state that “silence against hate, prejudice, and discrimination cannot remain unchallenged” while simultaneously remaining silent himself with regards to the anti-Jewish ideology and atrocities committed against Jews during the Holocaust — is both astounding and of great concern (especially in light of the documented rise of antisemitism in Canada and around the world).
A society cannot address what it will not speak of.
Note: We have written the Prime Minister’s office to express the above concerns to him and would encourage you to send your comments to him either by fax or email at:
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2