This week I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust. Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations are held on 27th January to remember those who died in the Holocaust and to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
I encourage as many schools, faith groups and community organisations to engage with Holocaust Memorial Day to ensure that the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides are never forgotten. It is essential that future generations are taught about historical atrocities to make sure that they are never repeated.
The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘the power of words’. Through words alone, tyrants have managed to turn neighbours into foes and cause conflict amongst friends. It is for this reason that we should reflect on the power of words and use our words to have a positive impact.
If any school or community group would like to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and require assistance, please call my office on 01454 617783 and my team can supply you with information from the Holocaust Educational Trust.