International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

1.1 million people were murdered at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945

Wednesday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The United Nations designated January 27 as a day of remembrance to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Between 1940 and 1945, the Nazis deported 1.3 million people to Auschwitz. Of the 1.3 million deportees, 1.1 million were systematically murdered. Ninety per cent of those killed were Jewish. When the camp was liberated by the Soviet Army in 1945, 7,000 people were freed.

COVID-19 restrictions mean the day must be marked virtually. The Auschwitz Museum live-streamed its commemoration of the memorial.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement, saying “Today, I join Canadians in paying tribute to the over six million Jews who were murdered and the countless other victims who suffered under the heinous crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime. The pain and loss endured during the Shoah will never be forgotten.”

Premier Doug Ford also marked the solemn occasion, urging all Ontarians to “take time to listen to the stories of survivors, learn from them, and grieve with those who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy.”