Today we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and throughout 2020, the anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.
We honour the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and pledge to keep their legacy alive, along with our earnest efforts to ensure genocide never returns.
It is important for all of humanity that such an appalling chapter in human history continues to be remembered today, and by future generations.
About 27,000 Holocaust survivors settled in Australia after World War II, making Australia one of the most favoured destinations for survivors after Israel itself.
They and their families found a safe home in Australia, and we are determined to keep it that way.
Australia was proud to gain full membership of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in June 2019. We will share through that forum our approach to Holocaust remembrance, education and research, including our efforts to counter the spread of online Holocaust denial and anti-semitism.
Anti-semitism is one of the most insidious forms of gross human rights abuse. Defeating it continues to be integral to Australia’s human rights agenda.