Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. On this day, 65 years ago Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In total over 11 million people were victims of the Holocaust, six million of those were Jews.
To put that in context that is about the size of Cuba and bigger than Portugal or Belgium.
To put that in context, the death toll following the awful disaster in Haiti is estimated to reach 200,000.
Today is our opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and not forgetting those affected by genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Today is our opportunity to remember that being different is something to celebrate and not to hate.
To remember that as human beings we all have something to offer, something to give.
Today is our opportunity to remember that as human beings we are each more alike than we are different.
To say as one, “Never again”.