In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marked annually on Jan. 27 to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the University of Windsor released a message encouraging members of its community to reflect on one of the greatest human tragedies in history.
Between 1933 and 1945, six million Jews and 11 million others were killed in more than 1,000 Nazi-operated concentration and extermination camps throughout Germany and in parts of German-occupied Europe. This atrocity has left an indelible stain on humanity and yet antisemitism and racism in general remain widespread in our society.
In 2005 the United Nations General Assembly declared January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, and the University of Windsor marks this day as one of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as well as those who endured, and continue to endure, the tragic aftermath of Nazi atrocities. We remember and honour the victims and pay homage to the survivors whose stories reflect courage and resilience, hope and perseverance in the face of unspeakable evil. Their stories compel us to not forget.
The University of Windsor stands united against antisemitism and racism in all its forms. The University will remember the atrocities of the Holocaust with a commitment to do its part in fostering an environment of inclusion and tolerance so we can all truly say “Never Again.”