Last week I was pleased to sign the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment and make a pledge to honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust and those who educate people about the atrocity.
The Book is the idea of the Holocaust Educational Trust who are commited to honouring the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.
I was also honoured to speak from the frontbench in parliament on behalf of the Labour Party in the Holocaust Memorial Day debate this week. It was a very moving experience and politicians from all parties spoke from the heart about the importance of remembering the atrocity of the Holocaust and defending human rights to make sure it never happens again. You can watch my speech here.
Wednesday 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day, which will mark the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
In the words of Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust: 'As we mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, it is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust, as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.'
The day is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten. I would encourage all constituents to mark the day and to remember how important it is that we all fight against prejudice and intolerance.
For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust, visit their website at www.het.org.uk