The Soviet Union liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps on January 27, 1945. Since 2005, the date is known as “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement marking this event. “The Holocaust serves as a tragic reminder of the horrors that can be born of racism and hate. We must always remember those who experienced the worst of humanity- in ghettos, cattle cars, and Nazi death camps- and never forget our collective responsibility to prevent the seeds of intolerance and hate from taking root in our communities, country, and world,” he said.
The Nazi holocaust killed six million Jews. Auschwitz was the largest Nazi concentration camp. 1.1 million people were killed there. It remains open as a memorial and museum.