Friday January 27th will mark 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.
In the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, giving all MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during their Holocaust and encouraging their constituents to actively speak out against prejudice and bigotry today.
In signing the Book of Commitment I am also paying tribute to the extraordinary men and women who having survived the Holocaust, work to educate young people about what they endured, through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach programme.
In the weeks around 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. 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.
I will be attending two events for Holocaust Memorial Day; one on Saturday 27th January at The Grange Arts Centre, Rochdale Road, Oldham from 9.45 – 11.15am. And the other will be a Holocaust Vigil with Saddleworth Peace Movement in The Square, Uppermill on Sunday 28th January from 10am – 12 noon.
For further information, please contact the Holocaust Educational Trust on 020 7222 6822 or visit www.het.org.uk, and follow on Twitter: @HolocaustUK and Facebook: Holocaust Educational Trust (UK).