Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC, issued the following statement:
Today, we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed annually on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
We observe this solemn occasion and remember history’s darkest chapter by honouring the six million Jews and millions of non-Jews—f Roma, homosexuals, POW’s, political dissidents, and individuals with disabilities— who were brutally murdered by Hitler’s Nazi regime.
Australia is home to one of the largest populations of Holocaust survivors in the world, and we pay tribute to the brave men and women whose lives were scarred and forever altered by the horrific atrocities perpetrated, who courageously fought against the Nazi regime to defeat it, and who triumphed over unfathomable evil.
We honour the incredible fortitude of these heroes who rebuilt their lives and who decided not to suppress their anguished memories, but instead to share them with younger generations so that they can learn the timeless lessons of the Holocaust.
And we remember the depthless courage of thousands of Righteous Gentiles who, while most watched the horrors unfold and remained silent, risked their own lives to save others and the valiant diggers who died to vanquish Hitler’s demonic regime
As we witness an alarming rise in anti-Semitism around the world, and an increase in religious hatred, which poses a dangerous threat to the safety of us all, we pledge to never be silent or look away when atrocities and genocide occur, and to stand with the victims of persecution.
It is the duty of all good people and governments to remain vigilant and determined in the face of violent and fanatical extremism, to counter all forms of tyranny and its evils, and to uphold the human rights of all people.
On this sad and sacred day of grief, reflection and remembrance we pledge ‘Never Again’.”