Baird Commemorates Holocaust Victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

Baird Commemorates Holocaust Victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

April 24, 2014 - Krakow, Poland - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird tours Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and lays a wreath at the symbolic site to commemorate the victims of the Nazi genocide during World War II.

“I am extremely moved to be here to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi genocide,” said Baird. “We must draw on the lessons of this dark chapter to better equip humanity to build societies based on respect for human dignity. Long after all the witnesses are gone, Auschwitz-Birkenau will serve as a reminder of the importance of fighting against hatred and intolerance.”

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is an expression of Canada’s commitment to work internationally to combat anti-Semitism, racism and all ideologies that spread hatred.

More than one million people were exterminated at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in German Nazi-occupied Poland between 1940 and 1945. It was liberated by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945.

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