To mark Holocaust Memorial Day and honour those who died in the Holocaust, Barbara has signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.
Friday January 27th marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history. The Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to give Barbara and other MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust and to encourage their constituents to actively speak out against prejudice and bigotry today.
Around Holocaust Memorial Day commemorative events are held by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. This year, people will also be encouraged to take a stand against racism and prejudice today – and to speak out against hatred wherever they encounter it.
“Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to remember the victims in that terrible place.
I also pay tribute to all those men and women who survived the Holocaust. It is important that we never forget the Holocaust and that we work to educate young people about what those survivors endured. I know that the Holocaust Educational Trust does great work with young people, including young people in schools in Worsley and Eccles South. I join with them in taking a stand against racism and prejudice today – we must always speak up and speak out against such hatred wherever it occurs.”